Contributed by William C. Purdy

From 1910 to 1920, Hamtramck Michigan grew from 3,589 
To 45,615 residents, leading the nation in growth for that period. 

During the lumber boom era, the row of saloons 
that lined Water Street in Bay City was known as 'Hell's Half Mile'. 

In 1936, Escanaba, Michigan harvested and 
processed 100,000 sq. ft. of birds eye maple to be used 
In the English Luxury Liner, the Queen Mary. 

When the territory of Michigan was created on 
Jan. 11, 1805, Detroit was chosen as its capital. 

Bagley's Corner was the original name of Bloomfield Hills. 

The world's only marble lighthouse is 
located on Belle Isle. (Livingston Lighthouse) 

Hog's Hollow was the original name of Utica, Mich. 

There are over 11,500 lakes in Michigan . 

The home offices of Life Savers Candy, Beech-Nut Gum, 
And Squirt soft drinks are in Holland , Michigan 

In 1870, Detroit became the nation's first 
telephone customers to have phone numbers assigned to them. 

Charles A Lindbergh was born in Detroit on Feb. 4,1902. 

The Stars and Stripes first flew over Michigan 
soil on July 11, 1796. 

In Sept. 1908, William C Durant organized several independent automobile plants into what was to become General Motors. 

Michigan began charging an annual license fee of 
50 cents in 1915 for autos 

Michigan 's first police woman began walking 
the beat in Detroit in 1893. 

In 1942, the Davison Freeway in Detroit was 
completed and became the world's first urban freeway. 

The first soft drink, (Vernor's Ginger Ale) 
was introduced by a Detroit Pharmacist, 
James A Vernor, in 1866. Note: 
There were several 'elixirs' on the market at that time, 
including what would later be called Coca Cola, 
these contained alcohol, whereas Vernor's didn't. Thus the name 'soft' drink 

The intersection of Woodward Avenue and Grand 
Avenue in Detroit proudly displayed the world's first 
traffic light in 1915, leaders of 19 countries 
and 26 States came to check it out in the first six months. 

In 1688, Father Jacques Marquette founded 
the first permanent settlement in what 
would later become Michigan. 

The world's first shopping mall (Northland Mall), 
Opened in the Detroit suburb of Southfield in 
1954. Newspapers from overseas as well as 
this country wrote that it would never catch on......Duh? 

The world's first painted highway center lines were 
featured in Trenton, MI in 1911. They were used in 
other towns and was how Center Line, MI got its name. 

Michigan ranks Number 1 nationally in the 
production of dog sleds. 

The nation's largest indoor/outdoor museum 
complex is Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village . 

Opened in 1904, the nation's oldest 
freshwater aquarium (was) the Belle Isle Aquarium. 

The onion is Michigan's largest fresh-market vegetable crop.