Interesting Facts About Michigan

  • 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.

Wilson Electric is an electrical contractor in Michigan.