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Michigan History

The name of Michigan is derived from the Indian word Michsawgyegan, the meaning of which is the Lake Country. It is bounded on the north by Lake Superior; on the east by Lakes Huron, St. Clair, and Erie; on the south by Ohio and Indiana; and on the west by Wisconsin and Lake Michigan; and the extent of its dominion is fifty-six thousand two hundred and forty-three square miles.

Michigan Facts

Capital: Lansing State Nickname: The Wolverine State" State Bird: Robin State Flower: Apple Blossom Territory: 1805 Admitted to Union: January 26, 1837 - 26th State Motto: Si quaeris peninsulam amoenam, circumspice -- If you seek a pleasent peninsula, look about you. Origin of state's name: Based on Chippewa Indian word & meaning great water and refers to the Great Lakes.

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Alcona 1840 Harrisville Available
Alger 1885 Munising Available
Allegan 1831 Allegan Available
Alpena 1831 Allegan Available
Antrim 1840 Alpena Available
Arenac 1831 Standish Available
Baraga 1875 L'Anse Available
Barry 1829 Hastings Available
Bay 1857 Bay City Available
Benzie 1863 Beulah Available
Berrien 1829 St. Joseph Brenda Sears
Branch 1829 Coldwater Available
Calhoun 1833 Marshall Available
Cass 1829 Cassopolis Available
Charlevoix 1840 Charlevoix Available
Cheboygan 1840 Cheboygan Available
Chippewa 1826 Sault Ste. Marie Available
Clare 1826 Harrison Available
Clinton 1831 St. Johns Available
Crawford 1868 Grayling Available
Delta 1843 Escanaba Available
Dickinson 1891 Iron Mountain Available
Eaton 1829 Charlotte Available
Emmet 1840 Petoskey Available
Genesse 1835 Flint Available
Gladwin 1831 Gladwin Available
Gogebic 1887 Bessemer Available
Grand Traverse 1840 Traverse City Available
Gratiot 1831 Ithaca Available
Hillsdale 1829 Hillsdale Available
Houghton 1845 Houghton Available
Huron 1849 Bad Axe Available
Ingham 1829 Mason Available
Ionia 1831 Ionia Available
Iosco 1840 Tawas City Available
Iron 1885 Crystal Falls Available
Isabella 1831 Mt. Pleasant Available
Jackson 1829 Jackson Available
Kalamazoo 1829 Jackson Available
Kalkaska 1840 Kalkaska Available
Kent 1836 Grand Rapids Available
Keeweenaw 1861 Eagle River Available
Lake 1840 Baldwin Available
Lapeer 1822 Lapeer Clayton Betzing
Leelanau 1840 Leland Available
Lenawee 1840 Adrian Available
Livingston 1833 Howell Pam
Luce 1887 Newberry Available
Mackinac 1818 St. Ignace Available
Macomb 1818 Mt. Clemens Available
Manistee 1855 Manistee Available
Marquette 1843 Marquette Available
Mason   Ludington Available
Mecosta 1840 Big Rapids Available
Menominee 1861 Menominee Available
Midland 1831 Midland Available
Missaukee 1840 Lake City Available
Monroe 1817 Monroe Available
Montcalm 1831 Stanton Available
Montmorency 1881 Atlanta Available
Muskegon 1859 Muskegon Available
Newago 1840 White Cloud Available
Oakland 1819 Pontiac Pam & Deb
Ogemaw 1840 West Branch Available
Ontonagon 1843 Ontonagon Available
Osceola 1840 Reed City Available
Oscoda 1840 Mio Available
Otsego 1840 Gaylord Available
Ottawa 1831 Grand Haven Available
Presque Isle 1840 Rogers City Available
Roscommon 1840 Roscommon Available
Saginaw 1822 Saginaw Available
St. Clair 1820 Port Huron Available
St. Joseph 1829 Centreville Available
Sanilac 1848 Sandusky Available
Schoolcraft 1843 Manistique Available
Shiawassee 1822 Corunna Available
Tuscola 1840 Caro Clayton Betzing
Van Buren 1829 Paw Paw Available
Washtenaw 1822 Ann Arbor Paulette
Wayne 1815 Detroit Available
Wexford 1840 Cadillac Available

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