The Michigan State Fair

The Nation’s Oldest State Fair was officially first held in 1849, only twelve years after Michigan attained statehood. At the onset it was customary for the fair to be held one year in one city, the next year in another. The Michigan State Fair settled down at the present fairgrounds in 1905 at 8 Mile Road east of Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

The fun begins on Friday, August 28th and continues through Labor Day, September 7th.

For more information on the Michigan State Fair, please visit:  http://www.michigan.gov/mistatefair

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Back-to-School Fun for the Next Top Ten List!

Here at Michigan is Amazing we are looking for your input on our next Top Ten List.

This week we want to have a little back-to-school fun!  So tell us…what’s your favorite college campus/college town here in Michigan?  Leave a comment or send us an email (michiganisamazing@michaelflora.com).

The list will be up next Tuesday!

Today in Michigan History

August 19, 1951

The Detroit Tigers pitched to the first midget.

Bill Veeck, owner of the St. Louis Browns, sent 3′ 7″ Eddie Gaedell in to bat against the Detroit Tigers. Gaedell walked on four pitches. Major league baseball quickly passed a rule that all players had to be at least 4′ 8″ tall.

Thank you Michigan History Magazine for this glimpse into our past.  See more at www.michiganhistorymagazine.com.

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Top Ten Tuesday – Favorite Michigan Born Athletes

Based on the input from our readers, here are the Top Ten Favorite Michigan Born Athletes:

10. Mike  Modano (Westland)

9. Serena Williams (Saginaw)

8. Jaosn Richardson (Saginaw)

7. Alexi Lalas (Birmingham)

6. Andre Rison (Flint)

5. John Smoltz (Lansing)

4. Chris Webber (Detroit)

3. Jerome Bettis (Detroit)

2. Magic Johnson (Lansing)

1. Kirk Gibson (Pontiac)

P.S. Derek Jeter was raised in Kalamazoo, but born in New Jersey (according to our sources).

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Today in Michigan History

August 18, 1858

William Austin Burt died.

William Austin Burt died in Detroit. One of the truly great surveyors to work in Michigan, Burt arrived in Macomb County from his native New York state in 1824. In 1833, he began working for the federal government surveying the Michigan wilderness. Burt’s many accomplishments include inventing the solar compass, which saved surveyors time when working in areas rich with minerals that produced inaccurate compass readings.

Thank you Michigan History Magazine for this glimpse into our past.  See more at www.michiganhistorymagazine.com.

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Today in Michigan History

August 17, 1980

Detroit Tigers retired number 6.

One of Detroit’s greatest players, Al Kaline, won the league’s batting crown in 1955 with a .340 batting average, was selected to eighteen All-Star Games during his career, captured ten Gold Gloves and ended his career with 3,007 career hits, which broke a thirty-year record. Kaline was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980. During that same year the Tigers retired his number.

Thank you Michigan History Magazine for this glimpse into our past.  See more at www.michiganhistorymagazine.com.

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It’s All In The Name

Ever wonder how some Michigan cities got their names?  We hope to shed some light on that mystery…

Colon, MI

Colon was named when the founder was flipping through the dictionary, came upon the word “colon”, and decided that the rivers and lake sytem around the area looked like that particular body organ.

Fenton, MI

The town founders were playing a game of poker and decided the winner would get naming rights of the town.  William Fenton won, but the city could has easily been LeRoy or Rockwell.

Ishpeming, MI

Originally called Lake Superior Location, the name was later changed to Ishpeming, which is te Chippewa word for “heaven” or “high place”.

Shiawassee, MI

There is actually no translation that exists for this county name.  It was believed that it was named for the river that twists through the county and may in fact mean “twisting river”.

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