Ten Fast Facts About The Great Lake State
- 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 is often called the “Wolverine State” there are no longer any wolverines roaming wild in Michigan.
- The flags of four nations have flown over Michigan – French, English, Spanish and United States.
- In 1929, the Michigan State Police established the first state police radio system in the world.
- While people think first of the Great Lakes as its borders, Michigan also has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams. Standing anywhere in the state a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.
- Raw materials are vital to Michigan’s economy – The state is first in the United States production of peat and magnesium compounds and second in gypsum and iron ore.
- Michigan was the first state to guarantee every child the right to tax-paid high school education.
- Michigan was the first state to provide in its Constitution for the establishment of public libraries.
- The Ambassador Bridge was actually named by Joseph Bower, the person who is credited with making the bridge a reality, who thought the proposed name “Detroit-Windsor International Bridge” was both too long and lacked emotional appeal. Bower wanted to “symbolize the visible expression of friendship of two peoples with like ideas and ideals.”
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