Postal Abbreviation: MI
Natives: Michiganian/ Michigander
Legal Driving Age: 18
(*16 w/ Driver's Ed.)
Age of Majority: 18
Median Age: 32.6
Song: “My Michigan”
Lyrics: Giles Kavanagh
Music: H.J. O'Reilly Clint
Median Household Income:$52,668
Entered Union..... Jan. 26, 1837 (26th)
Present Constitution Adopted: 1964
Nickname: Wolverine State
Great Lake State
“Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice” (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you)
Origin of Name:
From the Indian word, Majigan– means “great or large lake”.
AGRICULTURE: apples, blueberries,
cattle, cherries, cucumbers dry beans,
eggs, horses, milk.
MINING: bromine, gypsum, iron ore,
natural gas, petroleum, sand and gravel.
chemicals, electronics, food processing,
furniture, machinery, metals, rubber,
Total Area: 96,705 sq. miles
Land area: 56,809 sq. miles
Water Area: 39,896 sq. miles
Geographic Center: Wexford
5 mi. NNW of Cadillac
Highest Point: Mount Arvon
Lowest Point: Lake Erie
Highest Recorded Temp.: 112˚ F (7/13/1936)
Lowest Recorded Temp.: –51˚ F (2/9/1934)
Michigan is divided into two parts: the upper and lower peninsula, divided by the Great Lakes. The lakes take up two thirds of the physical area of the state. The lower peninsula (where Detroit is located) is mainly flat. The Upper peninsula is mountainous.
New Bedford, 95,072
Fall River, 88,857
1668 The first permanent non-Indian settlement was established by Father
1679 Fort Miami is established.
1701 Fort Pontchartrain is established on the site of the present site of Detroit. 1805 The territory of Michigan is established with Detroit as the capital.
1812 British capture Detroit during the war of 1812. They evacuate Detroit after
Oliver Perry’s victory on Lake Erie.
1837 Michigan is admitted as the 26th state.
1908 Henry Ford produced the first Model T.
1967 A two day race riot kills 34.
2009 Federal Government Saves Auto Industry
Michigan National Sites
1) Isle Royale National Park
This National park is located on a archipelago in Lake Superior.
2) Father Marquette Nation Memorial
This memorial includes a museum and outdoor pavilion that commemorated the French Jesuit missionary Father Marquete who was the first European explorer of Michigan.