Vernor’s 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 the country during the Civil War. When he returned home, four years later, the drink he had stored in an oak case had taken on a gingery flavor.
Alpena is home to the largest cement plant.
Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations.
The 19 chandeliers in the Capitol building in Lansing are one-of-a-kind and designed especially for the building by Tiffany’s of New York. They weigh between 800 and 900 pounds each.
Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office. The J.W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway. It has been operating for 125 years!