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Michigan has more than 12,000 miles of trails including over 6,000 miles of snowmobile trails and more than 3,600 miles of off-road vehicle trails.
Construction of the Mackinac Bridge began in 1954 and opened for traffic on November 1, 1957. At one time it was the longest suspension bridge in the world.
The Soo Locks are the largest locks in the United States and accommodate more than 11,000 vessels each year on average.
Vehicles, otherwise known as horseless carriages, were officially banned from Mackinac Island in 1898.
In 1875 Mackinac Island was designated as only the second National Park in America, behind Yellowstone.
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore encompasses 65 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline with views 400 feet above the lake at the Empire, Pyramid Point, and Sleeping Bear dune overlooks.
The Siphon Bridge spans the Manistique River. As traffic on M-94 crosses the bridge the roadbed is actually BELOW the water level of the river. Atmospheric pressure forces the water under the bridge giving it it's name.
The Quincy Mine Shaft #2 in Hancock, Michigan, was 1.75 miles deep and required the world's largest steam-driven hoist to get the miners into the mine and the ore out.
Constructing the Mackinac Bridge took 48 months, 3,500 workers, 895,000 blueprints & structural drawings, 71,300 tons of structural steel, 931,000 tons of concrete, 42,000 miles of cable wire, 4,851,700 steel rivets, 1,016,600 steel bolts and 99,800,000 dollars.
The Gem & Century Theatres were moved five-blocks on wheels (1,850 feet) to the current location at 333 Madison Avenue on October 16, 1997. It is the furthest known relocation of a sizable building.
The Petoskey Stone is fossilized coral that existed in the northern Lower Peninsula about 350 million years ago.
Found in every Michigan county, the White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus Virginianus) was designated the state game mammal in 1997, thanks to the lobbying efforts of some Zeeland fourth graders.
In 1995, the Painted Turtle was chosen as
the state reptile after a group of children from Niles discovered that Michigan did not have a state reptile.
In 1955, the towering White Pine was designated the state tree, as a symbol of Michigan’s lumber industry. From 1870 to the early 1900s Michigan led the nation in lumber production.
The Dwarf Lake Iris, Michigan's official wildflower, is endangered and grows along the northern shorelines of Lakes Michigan and Huron.
Known as the Isle Royale greenstone, Chlorastrolite, the official state gem,
ranges in color from yellowish green
to almost black and is primarily
found in the Upper Peninsula.
Unique to Michigan, Kalkaska sand covers nearly a million acres in 29 Upper and Lower Peninsula counties.
Fossils of mastodons, a prehistoric mammal, have been found in more than 250 locations in Michigan.
The red-breasted American Robin is not only a great sign that spring has arrived, it is also Michigan's official state bird.
The Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis)
is the state fish and can be found throughout Michigan.
Since 1897, Michigan's official flower has been the lovely & fragrant Apple Blossom, which is native to the state.
Michigan has had three different flags since becoming a state in 1837.
You can hit the links on more than 800 golf courses throughout Michigan.
Michigan's name comes from the Ojibwa (Chippewa) word for “large lake”.
No matter where you stand in Michigan you are within 85 miles of a Great Lake.
Martin Luther King Jr gave his now famous "I Have a Dream" speech for the first time in Detroit on June 23, 1963, months before delivering it at the Lincoln Memorial.
There are 125 bars and restaurants within the one square mile of downtown Detroit.
The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is the only vehicular international subaqueous border crossing in the world. It has been recognized as one of the great engineering wonders of the world and remains one of the busiest crossings between the United States and Canada.
Kalamazoo is the North American birthplace of celery. In fact, nearby Portage boasts the nation's only celery museum--Celery Flats Interpretive Center.
Marquette's U.P. 200 sled dog race is approximately 240 miles in length and is a qualifying race for the Iditarod.
Encompassing more than 94,000 square miles, the Great Lakes are the largest surface of fresh water anywhere on earth.
Michigan's shoreline stretches 3,288 miles, making it the largest in the U.S.
Complimentary assistance is available for drivers too afraid to cross Mighty Mac, the largest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere.
The nation's first 4-way traffic signal was installed at the intersection of Fort and Woodward in Detroit.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore hugs the Lake Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles and features sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, and abundant forest.
Beginning in early May nearly six million tulips bloom throughout the Holland area signaling the start of the world-renowned Tulip Time Festival.
Ishpeming is the birthplace of organized skiing in America and home to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum.
Compared to other states in the nation, Michigan is ranked 1st in campground revenue generation.
Michigan has a land mass of 56,809 square miles, which is divided into 83 distinct counties.
Michigan became the 26th U.S. state on January 26, 1837.
Michigan is the boating capital of the U.S. with more registered boats than any other state.
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Tourism contributes an estimated $18.1 billion To Michigan's economy annually, generating $874 million in state taxes and accounting for 192,000 jobs statewide.
Frankenmuth's famous Bronner's Christmas Wonderland is said to be the largest Christmas store in the world. Open 361 days a year, Bronner's has become an attraction, welcoming over two million people annually, including 2,000 group tours.
Michigan is among the top five states in the production of over 30 different types of crops, and ranks first in the production of tart cherries, blueberries, navy beans, cranberry beans, and black turtle beans.
More than 75% of America's cherries are grown in Michigan, most in the northwest, earning Traverse City the nickname, Cherry Capital of the World.
Benton Harbor's Whirlpool Corporation was named an Innovations 2008 Design and Engineering Award Honoree by the Consumer Electronics Association. The company's refrigerator with centralpark connection, an interchangeable plug-and-play platform, earned them the acclaim.
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Michigan was the first state to require online learning as a requirement for high school graduation, and is now being recognized by the Center for Digital Education as having the nation's 2nd best online learning policy and practice.
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, in Grand Rapids, features a replicated Oval Office and includes a dramatic narration detailing activities in America's best known room.
Newsweek honored Bloomfield Hills' International Academy as the 7th best public high school in the country for 2007.
Northern Michigan University is the site of the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC), one of only four Olympic training centers in the nation and the only one designated as an education center.
Both the 1961 Lincoln that President Kennedy was in when he was shot, and President Lincoln's last theater seat are exhibited at The Henry Ford in Dearborn.
The Historical Society of Michigan is the state's oldest cultural institution. Founded in 1828, it provides an abundance of education to the public and support services to over 800 local historical organizations.
If you could hold a giant magnifying glass in space and focus all the sunlight shining toward Earth onto one grain of sand, that concentrated ray would approach the intensity of a new laser beam made in a University of Michigan laboratory.
The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam. Today the zoo continues to be a leader in the humane treatment of animals and is actively involved in conservation projects with both local and global impact.