Today and tomorrow, we’ll be in Troy, Michigan, for the Orange Tour! When you think Michigan, you may automatically think of Detroit and cars. But we’re here to tell you that there’s a lot more to this fantastic state than just the almighty auto.
Here are 10 other things Michigan is known for:
- Michigan ranks first in state boat registrations with over one million. This is because it has more than 11,000 inland lakes and more than 36,000 miles of streams. In fact, you are never more than six miles from one of them. It is also the only place in the world with a floating post office.
- A few famous Michiganders are Gerald Ford, Aretha Franklin, Charles Lindbergh, Madonna, Thomas Edison, and Diana Ross. That list definitely deserves a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T.
- 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. Breakfast would never be the same.
- The first soda pop made in the U.S., Vernor’s ginger ale, was created by accident in 1866 in Detroit. A very happy accident indeed.
- The state nickname is the “Great Lake State.” Standing anywhere in the state a person is within 85 miles of one of the Great Lakes. And it is the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes. Do you know which one it doesn’t touch?
- In 1817 the University of Michigan was the first university established by any of the states. Now this is a trend we can get behind, unlike say, the mullet.
- In 1879 Detroit telephone customers were first in the nation to be assigned phone numbers to facilitate handling calls. Can you hear me now?
- The State motto is “Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam circumspice.”
(If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.) Hmmm, something to think about.
- Singing sand can be found on the beaches of Grand Haven. The sand particles make a whistling sound as you walk upon them. We want to go!
- Our host city, Troy, was ranked 22nd on the “Best Places to Live” in the US list by CNN Money in 2008. No wonder they’re such great hosts.
Join us in Troy or any one of the remaining Orange Tour cities: www.OrangeTour.org. Lead Small training will take place the night before every Orange Tour stop. Anyone with a tour ticket can attend for free. Those without a tour ticket may attend for $19. For more information, please visit www.OrangeTour.org.