Michigan Fun Facts
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- Michigan leads the nation in the production of red tart cherries, dry edible beans, cucumbers for pickling, and eastern white winter wheat.
- Our farmers grow almost all of the country's navy beans.
- Michigan is fourth nationally in grape production and fifth in wine making.
- The Great Lakes State leads the nation in growing plantation Christmas trees.
- Michigan has a larger variety of commercial tree species than any other state, and its forest product industries contribute about $1 1/2 billion annually to the economy.
- Michigan has more fresh water coastline than any other state---3,000 miles and 11,000 inland lakes.
- The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor was the first state university established by vote of the people through their constitution.
- Michigan has a greater variety of minerals--metallic and non-metallic--than any area of comparable size in the world.
- Michigan ranks first in 20 manufacturing categories including motor vehicles and cereals.
- Michigan was the first state to establish roadside picnic tables.
- Michigan leads the nation in number of state parks and prepared campsites.
- Three of America's top five industrial corporations and 22 of its top 500 businesses are headquartered in Michigan.
- Michigan was the first state to provide in its Constitution for public libraries.
- Michigan and Detroit rank first in the nation in the commercial value of their commodities manufactured for export.
- In 1879, Detroit telephone customers were first in the nation to be assigned phone numbers to facilitate handling calls.
- The nation's first regularly scheduled airline began operation between Grand Rapids and Detroit in 1926.
- 25 percent of the world's fresh water fills the Great Lakes, four of which border Michigan.
- Michigan's Lake Superior is the 2nd largest inland lake in the World (Caspian Sea being the first).