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Location of Michigan within the United States
Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest regions of the United States. Its name comes from the Ojibwe word mishigami, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of approximately 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous state, the 11th most extensive state by area, and the largest by area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies.
Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula is shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula (often called "the U.P.") is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile (8 km) channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge connects the peninsulas. Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bordered by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. It also has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds.
The area was first occupied by a succession of Native American tribes over thousands of years. Inhabited by Natives, Métis, and French explorers in the 17th century, it was claimed as part of New France colony. After France's defeat in the French and Indian War in 1762, the region came under British rule. Britain ceded the territory to the newly independent United States after Britain's defeat in the American Revolutionary War. The area was part of the larger Northwest Territory until 1800, when western Michigan became part of the Indiana Territory. Michigan Territory was formed in 1805, but some of the northern border with Canada was not agreed upon until after the War of 1812. Michigan was admitted into the Union in 1837 as the 26th state, a free one. It soon became an important center of industry and trade in the Great Lakes region and a popular émigré destination in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; immigration from many European countries to Michigan was also the busiest at that time, especially for those who emigrated from Finland, Macedonia and the Netherlands.
Although Michigan developed a diverse economy, it is widely known as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, which developed as a major economic force in the early 20th century. It is home to the country's three major automobile companies (whose headquarters are all in Metro Detroit). While sparsely populated, the Upper Peninsula is important for tourism due to its abundance of natural resources, while the Lower Peninsula is a center of manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, services, and high-tech industry. (Full article...)
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Michigan Stadium, nicknamed "The Big House", is the football stadium for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It is the largest stadium in the United States and Western Hemisphere, the third largest stadium in the world, and the 34th largest sports venue. Its official capacity is 107,601, but has hosted crowds in excess of 115,000.
Michigan Stadium was built in 1927 at a cost of $950,000 (equivalent to $11.4 million in 2019) and had an original capacity of 72,000. Prior to the stadium's construction, the Wolverines
played football at Ferry Field
. Every home game since November 8, 1975 has drawn a crowd in excess of 100,000, an active streak of more than 200 contests. On September 7, 2013, the game between Michigan and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish
attracted a crowd of 115,109, a record attendance for a college football game since 1948, and an NCAA single-game attendance record at the time, overtaking the previous record of 114,804 set two years previously for the same matchup. (Full article...
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Alpena is the only city and county seat of Alpena County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 10,483 at the 2010 census. After Traverse City, it is the second most populated city in the Northern Michigan region. The city is surrounded by Alpena Township, but the two are administered autonomously. It is the core city of the Alpena micropolitan statistical area, which encompasses all of Alpena County and had a total population of 28,360 at the 2010 census.
Located at Thunder Bay
along the shores of Lake Huron
, the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
is located in the city. The population swells with many visitors and tourists during the summer months. MidMichigan Health
, which is a federally-designated rural regional medical referral center, is the largest employer in the city. (Full article...
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- Highland Park, Michigan
- Houghton, Michigan
- Michigan State Spartans
- Farmington Hills, Michigan
- Dearborn, Michigan
- Mackinac Island
- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
- Detroit Tigers
- Michigan left
- Novi, Michigan
- Traverse City, Michigan
- Lansing, Michigan
- Economy of metropolitan Detroit
- Hamtramck, Michigan
- Somerset Collection
- Presque Isle County, Michigan
- History of Detroit
- Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
- Howard Henry Peckham
- Catharine Hitchcock Tilden Avery
- Henry Ford
- Aretha Franklin
- Albert Pattengill
- Lucinda Hinsdale Stone
- Ford Motor Company
- Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport
- Jimmy Hoffa
- Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
- Ford Model T
- Detroit Automobile Company
- Iron Mountain Central Historic District
- Grand Rapids Medical Mile
- Albert M. Todd
- 1890 Michigan Wolverines football team
- Rosedale Park, Detroit
- Turtle Island (Lake Erie)
- The Purple Gang
- Grassy Island
- COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan
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The following are images from various Michigan-related articles on Wikipedia.
Map of the British and French settlements in North America in 1750, before the French and Indian War (1754 to 1763)
Union members occupying a General Motors body factory during the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1937 which spurred the organization of militant CIO unions in auto industry
Distribution of Michigan's jobs as percentages of entire workforce
Père Marquette and the Indians (1869) by Wilhelm Lamprecht
Detroit, c. 1837, after a sketch by Frederick Grain
Michigan as part of the Province of Quebec 1774-1776.
Detroit in the mid-twentieth century. At the time, the city was the fourth largest U.S. metropolis by population, and held about one-third of the state's population.
Michigan map, including territorial waters
Gerald Ford of Michigan, 38th president of the United States
Map of the original 13 colonies and their territories, note that Michigan was the object of multiple claims
Michigan population distribution
The Great Seal of the State of Michigan
Ford Dearborn Proving Ground (DPG) completed major reconstruction and renovations in 2006.
A map of Michigan by Henry Schenck Tanner, published in 1842, showing such county names as "Negwegon County," "Okkuddo County," and "Unwattin County," prior to an 1843 legislative action renaming sixteen counties in northern Michigan.
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