Sanders Chocolates

Detroiters smile at the mere mention of the word Sanders Chocolates. The first Sanders Chocolate store was opened by Fred Sanders on June 17, 1875. Eventually, there were more than 57 stores throughout the Great Lakes Region alone, selling their trademark recipes of candy, fudge toppings, and baked goods, as well as light lunches and […]

The Largest State East of The Mississippi River

At a total of 97,990 square miles, Michigan is the largest state east of the Mississippi River inclusive of its territorial waters. Michigan has a total area of 96,716.11 square miles, making it the eleventh largest state overall.

Your Michigan Extremes of Elevation

    –– Image from Google Maps The highest elevated point in the State of Michigan is Mount Arvon, which is 1,979 square feet above sea level. The lowest point is found at the shores of Lake Erie, near Luna Pier at 571 sq. ft. above sea level. To drive from one point to the […]

Your map of Michigan – Circa 1718

In our era of satellite photos and GPS units, we often take for granted the challenging work of the cartographer who was tasked with figuring out the length and width of two unknown land masses. The following is what was considered the are known as Michigan, as highlighted in Guillaume de L’Isle’s 1718 map. Doesn’t […]

Ten Fast Facts About The Great Lake State

Great Lakes

Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office. The J.W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to freighters while they are still underway. They have been operating this service for 125 years. Michigan ranks first in the nation for pleasure boat registrations. Although Michigan […]

A 12,000% return on investment – The story of James Couzens

The name James Couzens is recognized from his activity as a Michigan politician and philanthropist. Here is the story behind the first great success which propelled Couzens into the spotlight. The year was 1902. Henry Ford was formally re-organizing the Ford Motor Company. His friend and business associate, Michigan Coal Baron Alexander Malcomson, was to […]

17 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Michigan

17 Reasons Why You Should Never Visit Michigan Of the fifty states in the US, there’s one in particular that stands out like a sore thumb. Not for its beauty, mind you, but for other reasons. None of them positive. 1. Consider this a PSA to everyone thinking about visiting Michigan: just don’t. Flickr: Richard Thompson […]

So, who the hell was John R and how did the street get his name?

From it’s beginnings intersecting Woodward Avenue South of Grand Circus Park to its conclusion at the mouth of Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills,  most Detroiters know the name of John R. Road.  And while the street runs well over 26 miles, few people in Southeast Michigan actually know who the hell was John R? John […]

Six Californians Eat Beloved Michigan Foods

Michigan’s love their local foods. But what happens when you take the food and introduce it to those on the west coast? Watch as six Californians sit down and are served up their first-ever tastes of some beloved Michigan cuisine. You will either laugh and love this video or seek these folks out for revenge […]

The fascinating history and untimely death of Douglass Houghton

“Wading the streams by day, tortured by swarms of mosquitoes at night – often short of provisions, and often drenched by rain – were it not that courage is uplifted by the love of science, both for its own sake and the good it is to accomplish, the task of the pioneer explorer would be […]

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