12 Fascinating Facts About Michigan That You Probably Didn’t Know But You Should!

Michigan is definitely one of the greatest state ever! Aside from the beautiful sceneries, landscapes and stunning lakes and lighthouses, the Mitten State is also famous for its contribution not only at the history of the USA but to the whole world as well.

Below are some facts about Michigan that shaped the world as we know it today.

Michigan Invented Cereal

Michigan Cereal

So the next time you enjoy Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes or Apple Jacks, or when you pull out those sticky, gooey, marshmallow-y Rice Krispie Treats and serve them to your dinner guests, you’ll know which state to thank.

“Michigander” Is A Word Created By Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln actually coined the term “Michigander” to make presidential candidate (and Michigan Governor) Lewis Cass sound foolish-like a goose. A century and a half later, it’s possibly the coolest word to use when referring to all of Michigan’s residents.

Only State Clearly Identifiable From Space

Michigan From Space

If you ever need to make an emergency space shuttle landing, the watery borders of the Great Lakes make the Michigan mitten stand out from any orbit, allowing you to steer yourself to a friendly territory. I can’t guarantee the landing will go well, but you’ll be somewhat close to home.

The Only State With Two Peninsulas

Two Peninsulas

While Florida may bear the title of “Peninsula State,” Michigan is the only state consisting of two peninsulas, upper and lower.

First To Abolish Death Penalty

No Death Penalty

Michigan abolished the death penalty in 1846 for all crimes other than treason, becoming not only the first state but the first English-speaking government in the world to do so.

Home Of The Magic Capital of the World

Magic Capital of the World

The former home and burial site of famous magicians including, Harry Blackstone, Sr. (The Great Blackstone) The United States Congress recognizes Colon as “The Magic Capital of the World.” Colon, despite its unfortunate name, is nevertheless quite the magical place. It’s also home to several magic supply manufacturers: Abbott Magic Company, Sterlini Magic Manufacturing Company and FAB Magic.

First To Manufacture Air-Conditioned Cars

First Air-Conditioned Car

The first air-conditioned car was manufactured in 1939 by Detroit’s Packard Motor Car Company.

Home of the Cherry Capital Of The World

Cherry Capital of the World

Traverse City is the tart (i.e., pie) cherry capital of the world, and hosts the week-long National Cherry Festival each July. Traverse City, Michigan is the makers of the world’s largest cherry pie. The specific region of northern Michigan known for tart cherry production is referred to as the “Traverse Bay” region.

Home of the oldest-surviving brand of ginger ale


Vernors is a ginger flavored soft drink and the oldest surviving ginger ale brand in the United States. It was created in 1866 by James Vernor, a Detroit pharmacist. It is possibly the oldest soft drink still on the market.

Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline

Longest Freshwater Shoreline

Bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair, Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the World, and the second longest total shoreline in the United States next to Alaska.

Home of the first three tunnels in the world.

Saint Clair Tunnel

Michigan is home to the first three tunnels in the world that connect two different countries: the St. Clair Tunnel, which connects Port Huron with Sarnia, Ontario, and the Michigan Central Railway Tunnel and Detroit Windsor Tunnel, both of which connect, you guessed it, Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

Home of the world’s first concrete-paved road

Detroit road was paved with concrete in 1908

A one-mile stretch of Detroit road was paved with concrete in 1908, making it the world’s first concrete-paved road.

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46 thoughts on “12 Fascinating Facts About Michigan That You Probably Didn’t Know But You Should!

  1. The fact about Michigander is funny!! Also I didn’t about the tunnels and death penalty. Interesting facts! Thanks!

  2. Vernor’s rocks!! There are several local Michigan products to love, and our unique location definitely helped with those first tunnels to Canada 😉

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  4. I’m not familiar in the Michigan but it sounds interesting story especially to the death penalties, i have learn into this post and ineteresting

  5. Some great facts about Michigan. I have never been but it’s definitely a place I would like to visit in the future, I never knew about the fact you could see it from space. Really interesting.

  6. Michigan’s history is definitely rich. I love that they are the Cherry capital of the world, that’s one of my favorite fruits!

  7. I think i knew, or at least could have guessed, the thing about the first air conditioned car being that Detroit is there. But I really like the cereal fact. Never really thought about it before.

  8. I did know some of these, including the fact about fresh water. I didn’t know Michigan made the first a/c in cars. Hurrah for a/c in cars though! 🙂

  9. Dear Michigan, thank you so much for cereal and air-conditioned cars. I didn’t realize how much you contributed to the US and the world! You rock!

  10. This is my favorite type of post. I love learning new fun facts like this. I never would have thought about it being identifiable from space. These are some really great facts!!

  11. What cool facts and I will have to ask my sister if she knows some of these as her family was stationed in Michigan when her husband was in the Air Force

  12. I love this! I’ve never been to Michigan, although I think we did drive through part of it once! It looks beautiful all around – definitely on my list of go-to states!
    xo Adriana

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