January them. Michigan’s farms grow apples, cherries, beans,

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January23, 2018Welcome to Michigan            The State ofMichigan has lots of unspoiled nature. For example the nation’s longestfreshwater coastline, lakes that feel like oceans, and lots of sandy beaches.It has tons of fresh produce straight from the farms that grow them. Michigan’s farms grow apples,cherries, beans, pears, grapes, potatoes, and sugar beets.

Michigan also has beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and somuch to do for fun. It has interesting facts that people didn’tknow about. One of those facts is that the Michigan state stone was found onthe bottom of the ocean.              With lakes that boarder almost all of its state linesit’s nick name is the Wolverine State. It is also called the Great Lakes State too.Michigan is the 26th state. It was admitted to the United States on January 26, 1837.  Michigan’s state capital is Lansing.

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            Michigan borders four of the five Great Lakes. It is divided into upperand lower peninsulas by the Straits of Mackinac that link lakes Michigan and Huron. The UpperPeninsula, is 90 percent covered with forests. Thetwo parts of the state are connected by the Mackinac Bridge.

It is one of theworld’s longest suspension bridges. To the north, connecting lakes Superior andHuron, are the busy Sault Ste.Marie Canals. InMichigan you will find more than 100 public beaches some with really highfreshwater sand dunes at Sleeping Bear Dunes. Michigan has two National Lakeshores andthe only national marine sanctuary in the Great Lakes area at the ThunderBay National Marine Sanctuary in Lake Huron.

 Michigan has 129 lighthouses. It has several maritime museums. It alsohas ten shipwreck-diving preserves and some historic military forts.

Hundreds of islands are scattered in Michigan waters. Isle Royale National Parkis a remote wilderness retreat in Lake Superior where wolves and moose roamfree. Mackinac Island, located in the Straits of Mackinac, is a lush19th-century resort community, a car-free island with an 18th-century fort andthe more than a century-old Grand Hotel, America’s largest summer resort hotel. Michigan has beautiful multi-coloredsandstone cliffs. The state produces important amountsof iron, copper, iodine, gypsum, bromine, salt, lime, gravel, and cement.

 Let’snot forget that Michigan ranks first among the states inproduction of motor vehicles and parts.  It has plantsin Dearborn,Detroit,Flint,Lansing,and Pontiac. It is also a leader in many other manufacturing and processinglines, like prepared cereals, machine tools, airplane parts, refrigerators,hardware, and furniture.             The Ojibwa, the Ottawa, the Potawatomi, and otherAlgonquian-speaking Native American groups were living in Michigan when theFrench explorer Étienne Brulé landed at the narrows of Sault Ste. Marie in1618. He may be the first European to have reached what we know as Michigantoday. Later French explorers, traders, and missionaries came, including JeanNicolet, who was searching for the Northwest Passage; Jacques Marquette, that createda mission in the Mackinac region; and the empire builder, Robert Cavelier,sieur de La Salle, that came on the Griffon, the first ship to sail the Great Lakes.

French posts were scattered along the lakesand the rivers, and Mackinac Island became a center of the fur trade. FortPontchartrain, now called Detroit, was founded in 1701 by Antoine de la MotheCadillac. This large region was held by France until lost to Great Britain inthe last battle of the French and Indian Wars. The Native Americans ofMichigan, who had lived in peace with the French, disliked the British thatwere the allies of the much hated Iroquois tribes. Under Pontiac they rebelledagainst the British. The rebellion began in 1763 and ended in 1766. The NativeAmericans then supported the British during the American Revolution.

The NativeAmerican battle against U.S. control was ended at the Battle of Fallen Timbersin 1794. Despite requirements of the Treaty of Paris, that ended the AmericanRevolution, the British held on to Detroit and Mackinac until 1796. After theNorthwest Ordinance passed in 1787, Michigan became part of the Northwest Territory.Even after the Northwest Territory was broken up and Detroit was made capitalof Michigan Territory in 1805, the British still maintained great power overthe Native Americans, who fought on the British side in the War of 1812.

Inthat war Mackinac and Detroit fell to the British. Michigan remained in Britishhands through most of the war until Gen. William Henry Harrison in the battleof Thames and Oliver Hazard Perry in the battle of Lake Erie. After peace came,pioneers moved into Michigan. Steamboat navigation on the Great Lakes and saleof public lands in Detroit both began in 1818, and the Erie Canal was opened in1825.

Farmers came to the Michigan fields, and the first sawmills were builtalong the rivers. Michigan became a state in 1837. Detroit served as thecapital until 1847, when it was replaced by Lansing. After becoming a stateMichigan improved through the building of railroads, roads, and canals,including the Soo Locks Ship Canal at Sault Ste. Marie.

At this time lumberingwas growing, and the population grew as German, Irish, and Dutch immigrantsarrived. During the Civil War, Michigan fought on the side of the Union,contributing 90,000 troops to the cause. Michigan’s officialflag was adopted in 1911. The flag has a deep blue background and pictures anelk and moosearound a blue shield labeled “TUEBOR,” meaning “I willdefend.” The shield pictures a man with a raised hand and a gun, a risingsun, a peninsula and lakes. Over the shield is a bald eagleholding an olive branch and a sheaf of three arrows, and a red ribbon reading”E PLURIBUS UNUM”, it means “Out of Many, One”. Undereverything lie two white ribbons that read “SI QUAERIS PENINSULAMAMOENAM” and “CIRCUM SPICE,” which means, “If you areseeking a pleasant peninsula, look around you.” In 1994, following thesuccess of the summertime Pioneer Days in Negaunee, Michigan, city officialsdecide to create a winter festival on nearby Teal Lake and the Heikki LuntaWinterfest is born.

Taking place in January 1995, the first festival featuresactivities celebrating the importance of winter to local tourism, and to thewinter activities of the residents themselves. While the festival is named forHeikki Lunta, it does not take on an ethnic quality. It is a celebration of thetraditional outdoors lifestyle of area residents, featuring ice fishing, skiingevents, fireworks, a parade and other such things. Michigan’s state bird is aRobin.  Its state animal is the WhiteTailed Deer. It also has a state reptile, the painted turtle, and a state fishthe Brook Trout. Michigan’s state flower is the Apple Blossom; the stateswildflower is the Dwarf Lake Iris. Its state tree is the White Pine.

            An interesting fact to go along with Michigan’s statestone is that there are no longer any living wolverines in the Wolverine State.There was one discovered in Huron County in 2004, the first one spotted in 200years, but it has since passed on and has now been stuffed and mounted. Anotherinteresting fact is the Michigan Dogman, a kind of were-wolfish-type beast, wasfirst spotted in Wexford County in 1887 and several times thereafter. Morerecent sightings have mostly been linked to a 1987 radio station hoax, as wellas to a related 2007 video which was later debunked on Monster Quest. The J.

W.Westcott II, which operates out of Detroit, is the world’s only floating postoffice, as it delivers mail to ships as they pass under the Ambassador Bridgeis another interesting fact. Along with this one as well, Michigan is home to thefirst three tunnels in the world that connect two different countries: the St.Clair Tunnel, which connects Port Huron with Sarnia, Ontario, and the MichiganCentral Railway Tunnel and Detroit Windsor Tunnel, both of which connect, youguessed it, Detroit and Windsor, Ontario. Along with all these interestingfacts there are some great reasons to come and visit Michigan. Get ready to beamused. For instance, at Michigan amusement parks, classic familyentertainments meet modern-day thrills.

Michigan’s Adventure in Muskegon is thestate’s largest amusement park featuring more than 60 rides, including thewooden roller-coaster Shivering Timbers and it has its own water park. Howawesome is that? Strap into a full motion flight simulator or 3D space shuttle rideat the nearby Air Zoo in Kalamazoo.  Amusement parks can also offer uphistory like embarking on a steam powered locomotive ride. There is also lasertag battlegrounds, trampoline parks, skate parks and zip line adventure courses. Ready to go wild across Michigan? Zoosand aquariums offer close encounters with nature’s most amazing animals.Traditional zoos mesmerize visitors with elephants and big cats. Specializedanimal parks, sanctuaries and petting zoos help children expand their educationand get up close to smaller animals.

Michigan’s aquariums reveal the wondersbeneath the waves by getting to watch penguins dive in an iceberg-shapedpenguinarium at the world’s largest aquarium at the Detroit Zoo’s Polk penguinConservation Center. Learn about African animals and culture and then camp at Binder Park Zoo’s family overnightsafari. How awesome! Pet an orphaned black bear at Oswald’s Bear Ranch, and see the amazinglives of fish and aquatic animals at the Belle Isle Aquarium. The country’s oldest aquarium. Or goto Sea Life Michigan Aquarium.

The state’s newest aquarium. The list goes on and on with Casinos for the adults, family fun atfarms and cider mills. Tons of kid’s attractions like hand-carved carousels to miniature golf courses andmuseumsbuilt for young imaginations. Then there is the 129 lighthouses that was mentionedearlier, along with planetariums,racetracks, and water parks. There is something for everyonein Michigan. Come on let’s have some fun. 

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