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All about Michigan

Historical Note:

Ford creates a car-nation . . .

Henry Ford dreamed of supplying the average person with an affordable automobile. Against the advice of his financiers he persisted in working with his engineers to design and build a lightweight, low-cost car for the masses. In 1908, he succeeded. As the first Model T rolled off the company's assembly line from the Detroit manufacturing plant, Ford was the first to hop in and take it for a spin. The test-drive was a huge success, and the car was ready to market. With a price tag of $825, a typical American could own a Ford Model T and cruise the streets at the amazing speed of 25 miles per hour.

Trivia Questions:
True or False?
1. The city of Detroit, famous for its automobile industry, was founded in 1701 by a Cadillac.
2. Michigan is America's number one state for producing pears.
3. The capital of Michigan is Detroit.
4. Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes.
5. Lake Michigan is the only one of the five Great Lakes within the boundaries of the United States.
6. Michigan's state slogan on its license plates is "Land of 10,000 Lakes."

(Answers at bottom of this page)

Name Origin: Indian. ("Great Lake")

Capital: Lansing

Population: 9,496,000

Area: 58,527 square miles

Statehood: January 26, 1837 (26th)

Nickname: The Wolverine State

Motto: If you seek a pleasant penisula, look about you"

Famous For: Famous For: Great Lakes (borders on four of the five Great Lakes), Fishing, Swimming, Water Sports, Holland (Tulip Center of America), Cherries, Farmland, Auto Manufacturing

Answers to Trivia Questions:
1. True. Detroit was founded in 1701 by Antoine de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac.
2. False. Michigan is America's number one state for producing cherries.
3. False. The capital of Michigan is Lansing.
4. True
5. True
6. False. Although Michigan has 11,000 inland lakes, it's slogan is "Water Wonderland." The slogan "Land of 10,000 Lakes" belongs to Minnesota which has 15,000 inland lakes.

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