175 years ago today, Michigan became the 26th state in the union! Since then, the Mitten State has accrued a pretty interesting history. As native Michiganders, we often hear the big facts that everyone knows, like Michigan being the birth place of the automobile, an early home to Thomas Edison, and the state with the most fresh water shorline. But did you know that Michigan can also claim the oldest university in the country (University of Michigan, established 1817)? Or that Michigan is home to the second oldest brewery in the U.S. (Frankenmuth Brewery, established 1862)? Yeah, if you’re reading this blog, you probably did know that one! But here are ten more fun facts about Michigan in celebration of the big 1-7-5:
- A person can stand anywhere in the great state of Michigan and be within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes.
- In fact, Michigan has the second most shoreline in the United States, second only to Alaska.
- Michigan is responsible for more than 75% of the cherries grown in the U.S.
- Vernors ginger ale became the first soda pop in the U.S. when a drugstore clerk in Detroit made it “by accident” in the 1860s.
- In 1879, telephone customers in Detroit were the first in the country to receive assigned phone numbers for incoming/outgoing calls.
- In 1929, Michigan State Police established the first police radio system in the entire world.
- Ten years later, in 1939, Detroit’s Packard Motor Car Company rolled out the first air-conditioned cars.
- The Detroit Zoo was the first zoological park in the country to feature cageless, open exhibits that allowed animals to live more freely.
- The world’s largest crucifix resides in Indian River, Michigan.
- For more than 125 years, Michigan has operated the world’s only floating Post Office, delivering mail to ships as they sail.
Michigan sure has a lot to celebrate!
And while we’re on the subject of celebrating, Frankenmuth Brewery is proud to share our 150th anniversary with Michigan’s 175th! We’ve got a BIG celebration in store for craft brew enthusiasts across the Mitten State. Because let’s face it, the craft beer industry in Michigan is one of the best in the country. While we busy ourselves preparing for our anniversary festivities, take a look at this great infographic on the Great Beer State.
Happy birthday, Michigan!