Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States.
Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.
Standing anywhere in Michigan a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.
In 1879, Detroit telephone customers were the first in the nation to be assigned telephone numbers to facilitate handling calls.
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.
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!