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Thursday, January 26, 2017

#HappyBirthdayMichigan


- On January 26, 1837, President Andrew Jackson signed a bill making Michigan the nation's 26th state.
- "Michigan" is believed to come from the French form of the Ojibwa word mishigami, meaning "great water" and referred originally to Lake Michigan itself.
- The Great Lakes account for one-fifth of the world's surface freshwater supply.
- Detroit is known as the car capital of the world.
- Alpena is the home of the world's largest cement plant.
- Rogers City boasts the world's largest limestone quarry.
- Elsie is the home of the world's largest registered Holstein dairy herd.
- Colon is home to the world's largest manufacture of magic supplies.
- The city of Novi was named from its designation as Stagecoach Stop # 6 or No.VI.
- The state Capitol with its majestic dome was built in Lansing in l879.
- The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry.
- Vernors ginger ale was created in Detroit and became the first soda pop made in the United States. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to create a new beverage when he was called away to serve our country in the Civil War. When he returned, 4 years later, the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious gingery flavor.
- The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam.
- In 1817 the University of Michigan was the first university established by any of the states. Originally named Cathelepistemian and located in Detroit the name was changed in 1821. The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1841.
- Michigan State University was founded in 1855 and is the largest institution of higher learning in the state and one of the largest universities in the country.

State Symbols:
Bird - American Robin
Fish - Brook Trout
Reptile - Painted Turtle
Wildflower - Dwarf Lake Iris
Flower - Apple Blossom
Tree - White Pine
Stone - Petoskey Stone
Fossil - Mastodon


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Related Articles:  
Countries' National Birds http://bit.ly/ythN8H
Attracting Michigan Songbirds http://bit.ly/A7TrNc
American Robin named by early settlers http://bit.ly/yixGan
Most common winter birds in Michigan http://bit.ly/yFYkRA
Birds of Michigan Field Guide http://bit.ly/AhVJ9p

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