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Michigan Facts

In 1688, Father Jacques Marquette founded the first permanent settlement in what would later become Michigan.


The Stars and Stripes first flew over Michigan soil on July 11, 1796.


When the territory of Michigan was created on Jan.11, 1805, Detroit was chosen as its capital.


The first soft drink, (Vernor's Ginger Ale) was introduced by a Detroit Pharmacist, James A Vernor, in 1866.

Note: There were several 'elixirs' on the market at that time, including what would later be called Coca Cola. These contained alcohol, whereas Vernor's didn't. Thus the name 'soft' drink


In 1870, Detroit became the nation's first telephone customers to have phone numbers assigned to them.

Michigan's first police woman began walking the beat in Detroit in 1893.


Charles A Lindbergh was born in Detroit on Feb. 4, 1902.


Michigan began charging an annual license fee of 50 cents in 1905.

Opened in 1904, the nation's oldest freshwater aquarium is the Belle Isle Aquarium.


In Sept. 1908, William C Durant organized several independent automobile plants into what was to become General Motors.

The world's first painted highway center lines were featured in Trenton, Mi. in 1911. They were used in other towns and

was how Centerline, Mi. got its name.


From 1910 to 1920, Hamtramck Michigan grew from 3,589 to 45,615 residents, leading the nation in growth for that period.

The intersection of Woodward Avenue and Grand Avenue in Detroit proudly displayed the world's first traffic light in 1915


During the lumber boom era, the row of saloons that lined Water Street in Bay City was known as 'Hell's Half Mile'.

In 1936, Escanaba, Michigan harvested and processed 100,000 sq. ft. of bird's eye maple to be used in the English Luxury Liner, the Queen Mary.


In 1942, the Davison Freeway in Detroit was completed and became the world's first urban freeway.

The world's first shopping mall (Northland Mall), opened in the Detroit suburb of Southfield in 1954.
 


Bagley's Corner was the original name of Bloomfield Hills.

The world's only marble lighthouse is located on Belle Isle. (Livingston Lighthouse)

Hog's Hollow was the original name of Utica, Mich.

There are over 11,000 lakes in Michigan.

The home offices of Life Savers Candy, Beech-Nut Gum, and Squirt soft drinks are in Holland, Michigan.

Michigan ranks Number 1 nationally in the production of dog sleds.

The nation's largest indoor/outdoor museum complex is Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.

The onion is Michigan's largest fresh-market vegetable crop.

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