20 Fun Facts About Michigan
Here at Lynden Sports Center we love the state of Michigan. From the five Great Lakes to the rolling mountains of sand, this state is not just our business location, it is our home.
The only thing we love more than Michigan might be our love for boats and the water. Good thing Michigan is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes. As such, it’s home to the longest freshwater coastline of any U.S. state, and the second-longest coastline, period (coming in behind Alaska). Anywhere you stand in the state, you’re no more than 85 miles from a Great Lake.
Why do we love Michigan so much? If you are a Michigander, I can’t imagine you even need to ask yourself that question. Nonetheless, here are some of the endless reasons Michigan isn’t just our favorite state but the VERY BEST STATE! Check out our list of 20 Fun Facts About Michigan!
Fun Fact #1: While Florida may bear the title of “Peninsula State,” Michigan is the only state consisting of two peninsulas, upper and lower.
Fun Fact #2: There are no longer any living wolverines in the Wolverine State. There was one discovered in Huron County in 2004, the first one spotted in 200 years, but it has since passed on and has now been stuffed and mounted.
Fun Fact #3: Michigan ranks 3rd in U.S. for boat registrations right behind Florida and Minnesota. This summer if you come into Lynden Sports Center, we can change that. MAKE MICHIGAN THE #1 STATE FOR BOAT REGISTRATION. Buy a boat today!
Fun Fact #4: The world’s largest limestone quarry is located near Rogers City. Since limestone naturally cleans water, the Lake Huron water all around Rogers City is beautiful.
Fun Fact #5: Traverse City is the tart (i.e., pie) cherry capital of the world, and hosts the week-long National Cherry Festival each July. Hopefully this year it was moved to September 13 due to COVID-19!
Fun Fact #6: Michigan State University has the largest single campus student body of any Michigan university. It is the largest institution of higher learning in the state and in the 2017-2018 school year was ranked the 13th largest university in the country. With all these smart college graduates, looks like someone should sell them a boat!
Fun Fact #7: Gerald R. Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and became the 38th president of the United States He attended the University of Michigan where he was a football star. He served on a World War II aircraft carrier and afterward represented Michigan in Congress for 24 years. He was also was an Eagle Scout, the highest rank in Boy Scouts. He has a museum in Grand Rapids honoring his service and family. It is quaintly located 21 minutes away from us!
Fun Fact #8: The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry. You can go tour it!
Fun Fact #9: The painted turtle is Michigan’s state reptile.
Fun Fact #10: Michigan has the nation’s longest freshwater shoreline and the second largest shoreline of any state except for Alaska. Michigan’s 3,288 miles of shoreline means more boats and fishing!
Fun Fact #11: The Detroit Zoo was the first zoo in America to feature cageless, open-exhibits that allowed the animals more freedom to roam. You know what else could be cageless and open this summer? You when you buy a new boat from our family Lynden Sports Center!
Fun Fact #12: Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office. The J.W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world. Tt delivers mail to ships as they pass under the Ambassador Bridge. They have been operating for 125 years.
Fun Fact #13: Detroit residents were the first in the nation to have phone numbers. It seems that by 1879, the city had grown so large that operator were no longer able to route the calls by name alone. Have you called (616) 997-8888 before? Try it. Maybe we can talk you into a new boat.
Fun Fact #14: Alpena is the home of the world’s largest cement plant. It began in 1907 as the Huron Portland Cement Company in Detroit and is currently under the banner of the ‘Lafarge Corporation’ in Alpena.
Fun Fact #15: The western shore of Michigan has many sand dunes. The Sleeping Bear Dunes rise 460 feet above Lake Michigan. Living among the dunes is the dwarf lake iris the official state wildflower.
Fun Fact #16: The first auto traffic tunnel built between two nations was the mile-long Detroit-Windsor tunnel under the Detroit River. Do you like driving? We sure don’t. Drive on over to Lynden Sports Center, and we promise you can boat the rest of your life away.
Fun Fact #17: The world’s largest weathervane was built by Whitehall Metal Studios of Montague. It’s 48 feet tall and stands at the corner of Dowling and Water Streets. The best part is that it has a ship on it!
Fun Fact #18: Grand Rapids is home to the 24-foot Leonardo da Vinci horse, called Il Gavallo, it is the largest equestrian bronze sculpture in the Western Hemisphere. Visit Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park to see one of the world’s greatest art pieces.
Fun Fact #19: The original name of the University of Michigan, which was founded in 1817, was Catholepistemiad. Yeah, try chanting that at a football game. Famous UM grads include Scopes trial defense attorney Clarence Darrow, Swedish diplomat-turned-Holocaust hero Raoul Wallenberg, Vader-voicing actor James Earl Jones, material girl Madonna, and afiermentioned former president Gerald R. Ford.
Fun Fact #20: Lynden Sports Center has the largest boat show room in the state of Michigan. We strive to carry brands that have been tested on the market for at least 50 years and have been proven successful. We carry a boat for every passion!