Thursday, January 26, 2017

Ten Fun Facts For Michigan's 180th Birthday

Anybody have 180 candles handy? Michigan became the 26th state of the union on this day, January 26th, in 1837. To celebrate here's ten facts about the Mitten State.
  • You can stand anywhere in Michigan and never be more than 85 miles from one of the Great Lakes.
  • At 6 quadrillion gallons, Michigan's Great Lakes account for one-fifth of the freshwater surface on the entire planet.
  • Because Michigan has so much fresh water it is destination for fishermen and watercraft enthusiasts from around the world and ranks first in state boat registrations in the country.
  • Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world. 
  • The only state that has more shoreline than Michigan is Alaska.
  • The Blue Water Area, from Algonac and Harsens Island to the south to the tip of the Thumb in Port Austin in the north is over 140 miles of shoreline.
Fort Gratiot Light Station
photo by Dale Merrill

  • Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights.  
  • The Fort Gratiot Lighthouse in Port Huron is the oldest light still in active service on the Great Lakes. 

  • Michigan's motto is the Latin phrase "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice." It means "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."  
  • The word Latin "Tuebor," in the shield means "I will defend" which refers to Michigan's frontier position and spirit. 
  • The shield itself held by two animals of noble prominence: the elk on the left and the moose on the right.  
Happy Birthday Michigan!

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