43 Facts About Northern Michigan

1. Northern Michigan is, by tradition, known as "The Wolverine State", and the University of Michigan takes the wolverine as its mascot.

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2. Northern Michigan is fifty percent forest land, much of it quite remote.

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3. Northern Michigan is home to very fertile land in the Saginaw Valley and "Thumb" areas.

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4. Northern Michigan produces wines, beers and a multitude of processed food products.

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5. Northern Michigan led the nation in job creation improvement in 2010.

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6. Northern Michigan was second in the US in 2004 for new corporate facilities and expansions.

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7. Northern Michigan became the 24th Right to Work state in US in 2012.

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8. Northern Michigan is the third leading grower of Christmas trees with 60,520 acres of land dedicated to Christmas tree farming.

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9. Northern Michigan has the largest Dutch, Finnish, and Macedonian populations in the United States.

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10. Center of population of Northern Michigan is in Shiawassee County, in the southeastern corner of the civil township of Bennington, which is northwest of the village of Morrice.

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11. Northern Michigan has a continental climate, although there are two distinct regions.

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12. The first lighthouses in Northern Michigan were built between 1818 and 1822.

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13. Northern Michigan has about 150 lighthouses, the most of any US state.

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14. Northern Michigan consists of two peninsulas that lie between 82°30' to about 90°30' west longitude, and are separated by the Straits of Mackinac.

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15. On November 6, 2018, Northern Michigan approved a proposal to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

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16. Northern Michigan was the home of Gerald Ford, the 38th President of the United States.

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17. Northern Michigan went to the Democrats in presidential elections during the 1960s and voted for the Republican candidate in every election from 1972 to 1988.

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18. Northern Michigan has had four constitutions, the first of which was ratified on October 5 and 6, 1835.

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19. Northern Michigan has two official Governor's Residences; one is in Lansing, and the other is at Mackinac Island.

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20. Northern Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: the executive branch consisting of the Governor of Michigan and the other independently elected constitutional officers; the legislative branch consisting of the House of Representatives and Senate; and the judicial branch.

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21. Northern Michigan has many popular tourist destinations, including areas such as Frankenmuth in The Thumb, and Traverse City on the Grand Traverse Bay in Northern Michigan.

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22. Northern Michigan is the leading auto-producing state in the US, with the industry primarily located throughout the Midwestern United States, Ontario, Canada, and the Southern United States.

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23. Northern Michigan converted much of its manufacturing to satisfy defense needs during World War II; it manufactured 10.9 percent of the United States military armaments produced during the war, ranking second among the 48 states.

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24. Northern Michigan held its first United States presidential primary election in 1910.

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25. Northern Michigan made a significant contribution to the Union in the American Civil War and sent more than forty regiments of volunteers to the federal armies.

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26. Northern Michigan received the western part of the Upper Peninsula as a concession and formally entered the Union as a free state on January 26, 1837.

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27. Northern Michigan led the nation in lumber production from the 1850s to the 1880s.

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28. Northern Michigan was recaptured by Americans in 1813 after the Battle of Lake Erie.

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29. The first Europeans to reach what became Northern Michigan were those of Etienne Brule's expedition in 1622.

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30. Northern Michigan was admitted into the Union in 1837 as the 26th state, a free one.

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31. Northern Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas.

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32. Northern Michigan offers the most cinematic setting for wandering, exploring, and going on outdoor adventures.

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33. Northern Michigan is home to Michigan's most endangered species and one of the most endangered species in the world: the Hungerford's crawling water beetle.

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34. Northern Michigan is served by one Interstate, and a number of US Highways and Michigan state trunklines.

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35. Northern Michigan has significant natural gas reserves along the Antrim shale formation in northern Michigan.

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36. Economy of Northern Michigan is limited by its lower population, few industries and reduced agriculture compared to lower Michigan.

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37. Northern Michigan has arguably only one four-year university, Ferris State University in Big Rapids.

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38. The state of Northern Michigan, having created a Board of Fish Commissioners in 1873, stocked rivers with whitefish, black bass, and non-native species such as California salmon, California trout, German carp, and brook trout.

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39. Northern Michigan carried out the orders of acting Governor Charles Le Moyne de Longueuil and New France governor Charles de la Boische, Marquis de Beauharnois.

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40. Northern Michigan was responsible for the region around Green Bay in present-day Wisconsin.

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41. Northern Michigan sent coureur des bois such as Etienne Brule into the woods to establish relations with the Indians.

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42. Northern Michigan was the southern extent of the area scholars believed occupied by prehistoric inhabitants known as the Laurel Complex.

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43. The State of Northern Michigan has designated Oscoda as the official home of Paul Bunyan due to the earliest documented publications in the Oscoda Press, August 10, 1906, by James MacGillivray.

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