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Michigan

Welcome to Michigan and a brief overview of The Wolverine State.

Touching four of the five Great Lakes, the Midwestern State of Michigan is unique among the "conterminous" 48 states in that it is separated into two isolated land sections. These two sections are referred to as the Upper and Lower Peninsulas.

Michigan is located in the north central part of the the 48 "conterminous" states. Its Upper Peninsula is surrounded by Lake Superior on the north and Lake Michigan and Lake Huron on the south. The Upper Peninsula is bordered on the west by Wisconsin. Michigan's Lower Peninsula is surrounded by Lake Michigan and Lake Huron on the north and borders Lake Erie on the east. The Lower Peninsula is bordered by Indiana and Ohio on the south.

Michigan among the states

  • Statehood: January 26, 2837 (26th state)
  • Abbreviation: Mich. (traditional), MI (postal)
  • Capital: Lansing.
  • Size: 58,527 square miles, includes inland water (23rd)
  • Coastline: None.
  • Latin motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.)
  • State bird: Robin (Turdus migratorius) adopted 1931.
  • State flower: Apple blossom (Pyrus coronaria) adopted 1897.
  • State song: "My Michigan", words by Giles Kavanagh, music by H. O'Reilly Clint, adopted 1937.
  • State tree: White pine (Pinus strobus) adopted 1955.


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