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Source: United States Postal Service – Abbreviations
Source: Resident Population Data – 2010 Census
GovernorRick Snyder (Republican, to January 2015)
Entered the UnionJan. 26, 1837
as the 26th state
MottoSi quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look around you)
NicknameThe Wolverine State
FlowerApple blossom
SongMichigan, My Michigan
Professional Sports TeamsDetroit Lions (Football); Detroit Pistons (Basketball); Detroit Tigers (Baseball); Detroit Red Wings (Hockey)
(sports listing policy)
Origin of NameFrom Indian word “Michigana” meaning “great or large lake”
Historical SitesMackinac Island, Fort Mackinac, Greenfield Village, Sault St. Marie
Points of InterestPictured Rocks and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshores
Bordering StatesMichigan borders Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and also the nation of Canada.
FlagMichigan's flag

Follow these links to read articles about Michigan from Encyclopedias and Almanacs:

Official State Links

Other State Links

  • 50states.com: Michigan
    The site provides a wealth of information about Michigan. It includes everything from the highest point to county profile to climate.
  • Things To Do in Michigan
    ThingsToDo.com is an online guide to information about Michigan’s entertainment, recreation, and travel, and includes the state’s interesting facts, famous people, and special events.
  • Roadside America: Michigan Attractions
    Roadside America describes itself as an online guide to offbeat attractions. This site offers reviews of “weird sites along the highway” in Michigan.
  • Virtual Michigan
    Provides a comprehensive listing of Michigan resources: cities, education, government, entertainment, sports & recreation, travel and more.
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation
    Michigan.org also provides this assistance to businesses for locating, starting, expanding and growing businesses in Michigan.
  • FedStats: MapStat: United States: Michigan
    Fast access to statistics from more than 100 federal agencies on “economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production and more” in Michigan.
  • The Michigan state fishes are the Trout and Brook trout, state gem is the Isle Royal Greenstone, state stone is the Petoskey Stone, and the state tree is the White pine.
  • The Mackinac Bridge, which connects the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan, is one of the world’s longest suspension bridges.
  • Michigan leads the nation in the production of motor vehicles and motor vehicle parts.
  • Michigan produces large amounts of iron, copper, iodine, gypsum, bromine, salt, lime, gravel, and cement. Michigan is famous for its cherry and apple production, but Michigan farmers also produce beans, pears, grapes, potatoes, and sugar beets.

Some Famous People from this State

  • Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac (1658 – 1730), French colonial administrator, founder of Detroit (1701).
  • Lewis Cass (1782 – 1866), Michigan territorial governor (1813 – 1831), U. S. senator from Michigan (1845 – 1857), U. S. cabinet officer, and Democratic candidate (1848) for the U. S . presidency.
  • Walter P. Chrysler (1875 – 1940), industrialist who established the Chrysler Corporation.
  • Ty Cobb (1886 – 1961), baseball star, played 22 seasons (1905 – 1926) for the Detroit Tigers.
  • George A. Custer (1839 – 1876), commander of Michigan’s cavalry brigade in the Civil War, later killed in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
  • Henry Ford (1863 – 1947), industrialist, revolutionized the automobile industry.
  • Joe Louis (1914 – 1981), world heavyweight boxing champion (1937 – 1949).
  • Walter Reuther (1907 – 1970), labor leader, president of the United Automobile Workers (1946 – 1970).