Michigan is known for so many things, it’s hard to know where to start. From the unique experiences offered by its various cities, to the natural wonders of its countryside, from its history as a WWI training site to the various festivals that take place every year.
There’s a lot to know about this Midwestern state, and we’ll try to cover as many of the most interesting facts as we can in this post.
10. Michigan is a indian word
Michigan’s name comes from the Indian word for ‘large water.’ Much of the state is covered in rivers, lakes, and streams.
Michigan has 10,051 miles of freshwater coastline. There are hundreds of inland lakes, which makes it easy to find a place to fish. In fact, fishing is one of the main attractions of the state. Michigan has a lot to offer for outdoor enthusiasts. The state offers plenty of camping and hiking trails. There are also golf courses and ski resorts. If you visit during the fall or winter, you can enjoy the beautiful foliage.
9. The first people to live in what is now Michigan were the Iroquois
Here’s a fact for you: the first people to live in what is now Michigan were the Iroquois. In 1671, these tribes from the northeast came down to this area of the Great Lakes. At that time, it was called Michilimackinac and was a trading post on Lake Huron with other tribes in the region. The name “Michigan” comes from the Ojibwe language, which means “Great Water” or “Big Water.”
8. Michigan’s capital city is Lansing
Lansing is the capital city of Michigan, and it’s also home to the state legislature. It’s also located in the center of the state, which makes it easily accessible to all of Michigan’s different regions. On top of that, Lansing is a great place to live because there are plenty of cultural opportunities and activities.
7. The first European to discover what is now Michigan was Étienne Brûlé
In 1620, Étienne Brûlé was a French missionary and trader. He is credited with the discovery of the area that would later become part of Michigan. This land was inhabited by Native Americans at the time, so Brûlé was able to reach it in peace. Not long after he made his discovery, he fell ill and died there in what is now known as Sault Ste. Marie.
6. The Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the world
The Mackinac Bridge is, without a doubt, one of the most incredible landmarks in the state of Michigan. It’s the longest suspension bridge in the US, and spans 1.2 miles across the Straits of Mackinac between Lakes Huron and Michigan. The bridge was also featured in Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel ‘Eaters of the Dead’
5. The oldest natural bridge in the United States is in Michigan
In 1837, a natural bridge was discovered in Michigan. The bridge is located on the border of Allegan County and Van Buren County. It’s believed that the bridge formed as a result of glacial erosion, or as a result of it being a log jam during flood conditions.
4. Michigan is where Thomas Worthington invented Standard Oil
In 1864, Thomas Worthington was on his way to New York, when he received a letter from John D. Rockefeller. Worthington had sent the letter to request a meeting with Rockefeller. In the letter, he offered to sell his oil refinery in Cleveland (which would later become Standard Oil) to Rockefeller for $1 million. When Worthington arrived in New York, he met with Rockefeller and sold him the refinery for $10 million. After selling it to him, Worthington became the first person worth more than a billion dollars in America.
3. Michigan was originally settled by French missionaries
Michigan was originally settled by French missionaries in the 17th century and was later claimed by the British. Eventually, Michigan became a state in 1837.
Michigan also has several large inland seas, such as Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The Great Lakes are a major source of fresh water for the state. Michigan’s nickname is the ‘ Wolverine State ’ because of the large number of poisonous snakes in the southern part of the state.
The majority of the residents in Michigan are of English descent, with some people from other ethnicities. Michigan’s largest religion is Christianity, and most residents are Christians of various denominations.
Per capita, Michigan was the sixth largest producer of Christmas trees in the United States.
2. The world’s first car race was held in Detroit
The first race was held on July 6th, 1867, and it was won by the Frenchmen Louis Rigoulot. The race took place at a horse track around Woodward Avenue. Rigoulot’s car weighed nearly 3 tons, could reach speeds of 16 mph, and had a four-horse power engine. What makes this event so significant is that it was the first time that cars were put to any sort of real test in a competition. This led to the development of automobiles as we know them today.
1. Michigan has more golf courses than any other U.S. state
Michigan has more golf courses than any other US state. Michigan has over 2,400 golf courses, which is more than any other state in the country. There are over 200 golf courses within the city limits of Detroit. Michigan is often called the “Golf Capital of America”.