Celebrating Michigan’s Birthday With 10 Of Our Favorite Facts

Celebrating Michigan’s Birthday With 10 Of Our Favorite Facts

180 years ago, on January 26th, 1837, our beautiful mitten became the 26th addition to the United States. Here at The Awesome Mitten we’re celebrating Michigan’s birthday with our annual bake-off and the newly added Michigan Scavenger Hunt. We’re not the only ones celebrating our favorite state! Our friends over at DTE Energy gathered a list of 180 awesome facts about Michigan. Here’s our top ten favorites!

  1. Michigan State University was the first college in the U.S. to teach scientific agriculture.

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  2. Michigan’s Capitol in Lansing is home to 19, one-of-a-kind chandeliers designed for the building by Tiffany’s of New York. Each chandelier weighs between 800 and 900 pounds.

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  3. Michigan is one of the top five states in the country for number of breweries. Our Bell’s Brewery Two Hearted Ale is one of the best IPAs in the world.

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  4. Michigan’s state motto is “Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice,” meaning “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.”

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  5. In 1817 the University of Michigan was the first university established by any of the states.

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    Photo Courtesy of University of Michigan
  6. Michigan ranks third in the nation for number of farmers markets.

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  7. The world’s only floating post office, the J.W. Westcott II, operates out of Detroit. The J.W. Westcott II delivers mail to ships on the Great Lakes.

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  8. Despite being home to The Motor City, it is illegal to sell a car in Michigan on Sunday.

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    Photo Courtesy of Auto News
  9. The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in the U.S. to feature open, cageless exhibits that gave animals more freedom to roam.

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  10. Sault Ste. Marie is the third oldest remaining settlement in the United States.

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Photo courtesy of Maritime History of the Great Lakes

We love Michigan and all the fun, cool, and particularly interesting things about it. Head over to DTE’s blog to read the entire list of 180 items! What was your favorite fact?