by Kira

Michigan is an interesting and exciting state. Michigan is located in the East of the North Central region of the United States. Ohio and Indiana surround it on the south and Lake Michigan on the west. Lake Huron is on Michigan's east; Lake Superior is on Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Lake Huron is on Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Michigan also touches Lake Erie on its southwest corner.

There are many interesting facts about Michigan. Michigan's total size is 58,572 square miles. Its’ population is 9,500,200 people. Michigan has a lot of major cities. Some of the major ones are Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Lansing, which is Michigan's capital. The climate in Michigan varies. The highest temperature it has ever had is 112° F. The lowest temperature Michigan has ever had is minus 51° F. Michigan has all 4 seasons. The Great Lakes influences its average temperature.

Michigan, like any other state, has symbols and things about it that are unique. Did you know that Michigan's state bird is the Robin? Michigan's flower is the Apple Blossom and its' stone is the Chlorastrolite (greenstone). Also Michigan's state song is "Michigan, My Michigan" while its state fish is the Brooktrout. Its stone is Petoskey, and its state tree is the White Pine. Michigan was nicknamed the "Wolverine State." The motto of the state is "Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice" in Latin, which means, "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." Michigan is the 11th largest state of the United States, and it was the 26th state to become part of the United States. Since Michigan is a peninsula, its shoreline is longer than every other state except Alaska.

Michigan has many different varieties of landforms. It has low rolling hills everywhere and some level swampy areas in the Upper Peninsula's east. Michigan has 18,253,000 acres of forest and it has a lot of beaches. Michigan has a ton of rivers. On the Upper Peninsula the rivers are the Ontogon, the Escanala, the Manistique, and the Tahquamnenon. On the Lower Peninsula the rivers are Au Sable, The Grand River, The Muskegon, The Kalamazoo, and The Signaw. Michigan has very few mountains. The mountains that it does have are the Porcupine Mountains. They are located in the Upper Peninsula. The Upper Peninsula also has tall cliffs and waterfalls. Michigan's highest point is Mt. Arvon. It is 1,979 feet above sea level. It's lowest point is 572 feet above sea level.

Michigan has a very interesting history. Before people were in Michigan, there were huge animals. These included mammoths; giant beavers the size of a full-grown man, and mastodons. Michigan's land was formed by glaciers. It's first people came 8,000 years ago. They were Indians. Michigan's Indians learned to mine copper, though they didn't have very many tools. The Indian tribes on the Upper Peninsula are; Chippewa, Wyandot, and Menominee. The tribes on the Lower Peninsula are; Ottawa, Postawatomi, and Miami. The Indians always built their villages near rivers or lakes. They made wampum. Etienne Brulé; a French man, is thought to be the first explorer of Michigan. He explored around 1620. Brulé explored the Upper Peninsula. In 1669 Adrien Jolliet explored the Lower Peninsula. Michigan became the 26th state, on January 26th 1837.

There are many fun activities that abound in Michigan. If you like museums you could visit some of these; The Gerald R. Ford Museum, The Henry Ford Museum, The Baker Furniture Museum, and Impression 5 Science and Art Museum. If you are an outdoorsy kind of person you can visit these places; Sleeping Bear Dunes, Isle Royal National Park, Crystal Mountain (skiing), Niagara Escarpment (limestone hills), Pictured Rocks, Soo Canals, and Tahquamenon Falls. If you like old things and history you can visit, the Windmill Dezuwan, and The Hackly Hume Historic Site. There is also The Tawas Point Lighthouse, and The Mackinac Bridge.

Michigan has many annual customs. The customs that take place in the spring are; The Tulip Festival, The Maple Syrup Festival (April), and The Blossomtime Festival (May). The custom that takes place in the summer is; The Montreaux Jazz Festival. The Snowmobile Race (early February), The Ski Race in Newberry (mid-March), and the Snowmobile festival (mid-March) take place in the winter.

Michigan produces many useful products. The products that are produced in factories are; automobiles, transportation equipment, machinery, fabricated metals, plastics, and office furniture. The products it produces for your home are; food products, and cereal.

Many famous and interesting people grew up in Michigan. Henry Ford grew up there. He was the inventor of the automobile. The first automobile was driven in Michigan. Gerald Ford grew up there. He was a president of the United States. A man (or kid) called " Governor Boy" grew up there. People called him "Governor Boy" because he was a governor when he was only 19! C.W. Post and W.K. Kellogg grew up there. You probably know they started the cereal company’s Kellogg and Post. Tomas Edison moved to Michigan at a very young age. You also know he invented the first electrical light. Charles Lindburgh lived in Michigan. He was the first person to fly across the Atlantic Ocean alone.

Michigan’s natural resources are abounding. Michigan’s resources above ground are forests and beaches. The natural resources below ground are more plentiful than the ones above ground. The resources that are mined are; copper ore, coal, peat, iron ore, and magnesium. The resources that are used for building and making roads are; cement, sand, gravel, and crushed stone.

Michigan grows and raises many things. For us to eat it grows; asparagus, sweet corn, dry beans, sugar beats, apples, cherries, grapes, peaches, and blueberries. For the animals they grow hay. Michigan grows; corn, wheat, soybeans, and oats for both people and animals. The animals that they raise for food and other purposes are; 1.2 million cattle, 103,000 sheep, 1.3 million hogs/pigs, and 11.5 million poultry. There are also bee farms that harvest the honey from the bees, so that we can have honey in our tea.

Michigan is a very interesting and unique state as you can see. There are many ways to earn a living and many places to visit and see. It is indeed a beautiful and lovely place to live.


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