Michigan websites about places to go, things to do, vacation information, sports links, facts about the state, destinations, golf, business, and more. It has over 11,000 crystal clear Michigan lakes, thousands of rivers and streams, and more freshwater coastline than any other state in the country.
Michigan covers 58,110 square miles of land, 38,575 square miles of Great Lakes waters and 1,305 square miles of inland waters. Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights. Some of the longest bulk freight carriers in the world operate on the Great Lakes. Ore carriers 1,000 feet long sail Michigan's inland seas.
Michigan is made up of two major peninsulas of land separated by the Straits of Mackinac. The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world. Connecting the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, it spans 5 miles over the Straits of Mackinac, which is where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet.
Michigan is bordered on the south by the states of Ohio and Indiana. Its northernmost border lies in Lake Superior. It is bordered on the west by Lake Michigan and Wisconsin, and on the east by Ontario, Canada; Lake Huron and Lake Erie.
In Michigan, long days of relaxing weather and more than 800 pristine Michigan golf courses make for a perfect tee time. Michigan fall colors begin with a slow dance of turning leaves, and crescendo in a trillion trees aflame. Experience the snow-covered landscape of a Michigan winter for skiing, snowmobiling and of course, ice fishing.
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 as the nation's first land-grant university and served as the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions later established under the Morrill Act of 1862. It was the first institution of higher learning in the nation to teach scientific agriculture.
Gerald R. Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and became the 38th president of the United States He attended the University of Michigan where he was a football star. He served on a World War II aircraft carrier and afterward represented Michigan in Congress for 24 years. He was also was an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts.
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.
In 1879 Detroit telephone customers were first in the nation to be assigned phone numbers to facilitate handling calls. In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world. The Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit manufactured the first air-conditioned car in 1939. Although Michigan is often called the "Wolverine State" there are no longer any wolverines in Michigan.