Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
99. Michigan's park system is one of the largest in the United States.
Yes. A Petoskey stone is a rounded, polished peice of fossilized coral found near Petoskey, Michigan. They are actually fossils that come from limestone deposits formed about 350 million years ago.
Mastedon. The mastodon is an extinct relative of the elephant. It's scientific name is Mammut americanum.
Grand River. Grand River is 260 miles long.
Michiganese. A few famous Michiganders are Gerald Ford, Aretha Franklin, Charles Lindbergh, Madonna, Thomas Edison, and Diana Ross.
Wexford. Wexford is five miles northwest of Cadillac.
"Michigan, My Michigan". There are several versions of this song, one of which was written by Winifred Lee Brent in 1863. The most commonly used words were written in 1902 by Douglas M. Malloch.
Painted Turtle. A group of school children convinced their state legislators to make it the state reptile in 1995.
t. The state soil is calle Kalkaska sand. It was named the state soil in 1990 because it is among the most widespread of almost 500 types of soil found in the state.
f. It is actually the greenstone, or chlorastolite, and was made the state gem in 1972. It is sometimes called the Isle Royale greenstone because it is found in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
t. The Latin version is "Si quaris peninsulam amoenam circumspice".
Cathelepistemian. In 1817 the University of Michigan was the first university established by any of the states. It was located in Detroit. The name was changed in 1821. The university moved to Ann Arbor in 1841.
Oakland. Macomb is 586 and Wayne is 313. Oakland County is 248. Some cities in Oakland are Rochester, Troy, and Birmingham.
Lake Ontario. Lake Ontario is the ONLY Great Lake that doesn't touch Michigan.
3. They won in 1997, 1998, and 2002.
Roads. Roads are a major industry, which is why their condition is never improved.
Joe Louis Arena. The Detroit Lions used to play football in the Silver Dome. The Pistons play basketball at the Palace. The Gerald Ford Arena doesn't exist.
Tahquamenon Falls. Tahquamenon Falls is a very beautiful part of Michigan which contributes to the tourism business.
Sault Ste. Marie. In 1668 Père (Father) Jacques Marquette established Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, first European settlement in Michigan.
Sault Ste. Marie is also home to the famous "Soo Locks" which are a series of locks that ships go through connecting Lake Superior and the rest of the Great Lakes.
|What Cornish (from Cornwall England) dish is very popular in the U.P. especially with the copper miners from days past?||Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Pasty. http://www.hu.mtu.edu/vup/pasty/history.htm is a great website about Pastys.
Here is a great recipe (from the site above) to make one!
3 c. flour
1 1/2 sticks butter (cold and cut into bits)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. water
In a large bowl, combine flour, butter and salt. Blend ingredients until well combined and add water, one tablespoon at a time to form a dough. Toss mixture until it forms a ball. Knead dough lightly against a smooth surface with heel of the hand to distribute fat evenly. Form into a ball, dust with flour, wrap in wax paper and chill for 30 minutes.
1 lb. round steak, coarsely ground
1 lb. boneless pork loin, coarsely ground
5 carrots, chopped
2 lg. onions, chopped
2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1/2 c. rutabaga, chopped (can substitute turnip)
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Combine filling ingredients in large bowl. Divide the dough into 6 pieces, and roll one of the pieces into a 10-inch round on a lightly floured surface. Put 1 1/2 cups of filling on half of the round. Moisten the edges and fold the unfilled half over the filling to enclose it. Pinch the edges together to seal them and crimp them decoratively with a fork. Transfer pasty to lightly buttered baking sheet and cut several slits in the top. Roll out and fill the remaining dough in the same manner. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Put 1 tsp. butter through a slit in each pasty and continue baking for 30 minutes more. Remove from oven, cover with a damp tea towel, cool for 15 minutes.
Marquette. With more than 200 doctors treating and caring for an average of 12,000 inpatients and more than 350,000 outpatients a year, Marquette General Hospital is the largest hospital in the Upper Peninsula.
|What was the name of the ship that sank in Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1975 that Gordon Lightfoot sang a song about?||Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Edmund Fitzgerald. The SS Edmund Fitzgerald sank in Lake Superior in 1975. Gordon Lightfoot's song "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" (1976, Moose Music, Ltd.) is a tribute to this shipwreck and the men who lost their lives.
Calumet. The Italian Hall Disaster in Calumet, Michigan occured during the copper mine strikes on Christmas Eve in 1913. It was a benefit Christmas party for the children of striking miners in Calumet. The program was in the upstairs section of the Italian Hall. During the program a man, or men, opened the doors at the bottom of the stairs leading outside and yelled "Fire". The party guests, mostly children, rushed down the stairs and tried to get out. There was no fire. The doors opened inward and the first children there were crushed against the doors. More and more came down the stairs. A total of 73 men, women, and children died.
Wisconsin. Today, many residents of the western half of the Upper Peninsula still associate themselves with Wisconsin, largely because its universities and urban areas (particularly Green Bay) are much more accessible than those in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
The Mackinac Bridge. Construction began on May 7, 1954 and the bridge was open to traffic November 1, 1957.
All the info you would want on the Bridge that connects Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas.
Yoopers. The people that live in the Upper Peninsula or the U.P. are called "Yoopers" and are proud of it. The people that live under the bridge are called "trolls."
Children of the Night. "Children of the Night" is a pretty good "B" horror film - with Ami Dolenz and Peter DeLuise. (I was also an extra in it!)
Escanaba. According to the Delta County Historical Society, the Upper Peninsula's State Fair began back in April of 1927 when then governor of Michigan Fred Green signed into life Act 89, which read, "An annual state fair at the City of Escanaba, which shall have for its main purpose the exploiting, and encouragement of improved methods in agriculture and industrial pursuits I hereby authorize."
|"It's an Indian summer
And the tap water's brown sand
'Cause the lamprey are crammed
'Neath the Chippewa Dam" ("Isabella County, 1992")
Isabella County's Mt. Pleasant is home to the Central Michigan University but who or what is the county named after?||Exploring Michigan with GLMS
Queen Isabella of Castile, patron to Christopher Columbus. "Sweetheart, this city has beautiful, beautiful snow"
The song reflects James Monger's experience of living in Mt. Pleasant whilst studying at the university.
Isabella County was created in 1831 and was named at the suggestion of Henry Rowe Schoolcraft, one of whose other claims to fame was as the discoverer of the source of the Mississippi river. The county is one of several to bear the name of an important person from Michigan's then present or past. Curiously, there is no corresponding credit for King Ferdinand.
|In "Big Jim Hawkins", the GLMS boys create their own mythology by attributing the formation of the Great Lakes region to the activities of Big Jim and Paul Bunyan. What manner of creatures are Jim and Paul?||Exploring Michigan with GLMS
Giants. Paul Bunyan was created by James MacGillivray in 1910 and Michigan claims his hometown to be Oscoda on the basis of the first stories to be published.
"[Big Jim Hawkins] is essentially a fable about the origin of the Great Lakes themselves; part Greek tragedy, part Norse legend and part Native American tall tale. Paul Bunyan (who was created by a Milwaukee-based advertising firm to sell pancakes) and Treasure Island's Jim Hawkins always seemed larger than life to me when I was growing up, so I put them both in a small bar in Northern Minnesota to fight to the death. To simplify; they hit each other in the face for five years straight, Paul goes down, Babe the Blue Ox rushes an unsuspecting Jim and their dying blood, spit ... floods every river and tributary in the region, forming the lakes currently known as Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie & Superior." (GLMS' James Monger quoted at greatlakeswiki.org)