Happy Birthday Michigan
Michigan became the 26th U.S. state on this date in 1837.
Some facts about the state of Michigan…
State Bird: Robin
State Flower: Apple Blossom
State Song: “My Michigan”
State Tree: White Pine
State Mammal: White-tailed Deer
State Reptile: Painted Turtle
State Fish: Brook Trout
The name Michigan is derived from the Indian words “Michi-gama” meaning large lake.
The State Nickname is the “Great Lake State.” Others include “Wolverine State” or “Water Winter Wonderland.”
The State motto is “Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice.”
(If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.)
57,022 sq. mi. of land area (16,439 sq. mi. in the U.P.)
1,194 sq. mi. of inland waters
38,575 sq. mi. of Great Lake water area
3,126 miles of Great Lakes shoreline (more fresh water coastline than any other state)
19,000,000 acres of forest cover
Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes.
40 of Michigan’s 83 counties touch at least one of the Great Lakes.
Michigan has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams.
You are never more than six miles from one of them.
Anywhere in Michigan, you are within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.