Welcome To Michigan
Hello, my youngest son and I
are working together
on this project - introducing you to our home state of
Not only where we live but also where we were both born
(not just in the same city and state but the same
hospital - 36 years apart)!
We'll get the "boring" information out of the
way first and then we would
like you to join us on a pictorial tour of Michigan.
State Flower: Apple Blossom
State Bird: Robin
Statehood: January 26, 1837; the 26th state.
Size: 58,216 sq. mi.
Origin of Name: From Indian word meaning "large
lake," or "big water"
Nickname: Water-Winter Wonderland; also Wolverine State,
State Motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoeman, circumspice
(If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you).
Having lived in several
different states myself, one of my favorite
things about Michigan is the changing weather,
don't worry about getting bored with that - it
changes before you have a chance to get tired of
it. The four seasons shine in our great state,
spring, summer, fall, and winter all have much to
offer in the way of activities also.
If you don't know,
Michigan is actually made up of 2 peninsulas -
the Upper and the Lower (which is shaped like a
MI is located in the southcentral part of the
lower peninsula.Before we leave town on our trip
we would like you to see our favorite site in
town. Cascades, located in the Sparks Foundation
Park, these beautiful cascades offer a lovely
display of color to visitors each evening from
Memorial Day to Labor Day. Total length 500 feet,
vertical height of 64 feet, sixty feet wide,
divided into 16 falls, 11 of which are
Jackson, we are heading west to Lake Michigan.
Lined with beaches, sand dunes, habors, and more.
Surrounded by four of the five Great Lakes -
Superior, Michigan, Huron, and Erie and within
the borders of the state there are more than
11,000 smaller lakes there is plenty of water
available. Many of the inland lakes are so clear
you can see 20 feet below the surface.
northern tip of the lower peninsula we come to
two of our favorite sites, one is the Mackinac
Bridge, twin towers rise 552 feet above the water
of the Straits of Mackinac linking the two
peninsulas. A state park on the lower penisula
side offers a beautiful view of the bridge
including the lights at night.
Lake Huron side of the bridge you will find
Mackinac Island. No autos allowed you get around
by foot, bicycle, or horse (carriage or riding).
Points of interest on the island include: Fort
Mackinac, established by the British in 1780, the
Astor house served as the headquarters for the
American Fur Company, and the Grand Hotel, built
in 1887 if you are a movie buff you will reconize
the Grand as the setting for Christopher Reeve
and Jane Seymour in "Somewhere in Time"
the Mackinac Bridge takes us to the Upper
peninsula, almost a world of its own you can
enjoy Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the
locks at Sault Sainte Marie, Miners Castle ,
Falls includes one of the largest falls in the
eastern United States. The Upper Falls are about
200 feet wide and 40 feet high. The Lower Falls
are made up of a series of rapids and cascades
divided by an island. The Tahquamenon River is
also known as the Dark River or the Golden River.
It plays an important part in Longfellow's poem, The
Song of Hiawatha.
back over the bridge and heading down the east
side of Michigan you will enjoy many views such
as the farm lands Michigan has to offer, the
AuSable River, Frankenmuth, the Firestone
Farmhouse, and eventually come to Detroit,
Michigan's largest city. Detroit is also where
you will find the bridge connecting the United
States with Canada - note the two countries flags
on the bridge.
||A trip to
Michigan isn't complete without a visit to
Greenfield Village, a collection of historic
buildings from around the United States
established by Henry Ford. See such sites as
Grimm Jewelry Store on Main Street, the birth
house of Henry Ford, and the Statue of Thomas
If you haven't figured it out,
Michigan has tons to offer many, skiing,
hot air balloons, snowmobiling, auto racing, fishing,
camping, casinos, night life
and wild life. History abounds, geography is abundant,
and the technology of
modern day is evident in the cities and manufacturing. We
would love to show off
our state and have you visit - who knows, you may not
want to leave!
The following is a
collection of our all time personal favorite pictures
taken in Michigan
Deer grazing in Field, Fog Setting in Over Marsh, Two
Youngest Children at Lake Superior,
Michigan Sky, Wine Glass Hill (sand dune on the AuSable
River), Ice Sheets Hanging on River,
and Sun Sets Over the Neighborhood.
are pleased to represent the great State of Michigan
in Friends Around the World.