Interesting Facts About Michigan

Enjoy these interesting facts about Michigan.

Michigan Facts

- Alpena is the home of the world's largest cement plant.

- Rogers City boasts the world's largest limestone quarry.

- Although Michigan is often called the "Wolverine State" there are no longer any wolverines in Michigan.

- Michigan has the only floating post office in the world. The J.W. Westcott II delivers mail to ships still underway.

- In 1862 the current Michigan State University became the first land grant college in the United States

- Sault Ste. Marie was founded by Father Jacques Marquette in 1668. It is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States.

- Elsie is the home of the world's largest registered Holstein dairy herd.

- Spanning five miles between the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan, The Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest suspension bridges in the world.

- The Packard Motor Car Company in Detroit manufactured the first air-conditioned car in 1939.

- Singing sand can be found on the beaches of Grand Haven. The sand particles make a whistling sound as you walk upon them.

- Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights.

- Michigan is first in the United States production of peat and magnesium compounds and second in gypsum and iron ore.

- Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations.

- The first soda pop made in the U.S., Vernor’s ginger ale, was created by accident in 1866 in Detroit.

- The world’s largest registered Holstein dairy herd is in Elsie.

- Detroit is known as the car capital of the world.

- The oldest county (based on date of incorporation) is Wayne in 1815.

- Colon is home to the world's largest manufacture of magic supplies.

- The first people in the nation to receive assigned phone numbers lived in Detroit in 1879.

- The state Capitol with its majestic dome was built in Lansing in l879.