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How Well Do You Know Michigan? Check Out These Random Facts

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52 random facts about Michigan, but we already knew these things. Right?

A blog by Movoto lists “52 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Michigan.” How many of these can you check off?

For example, did you know that Sault Ste. Marie was the first European settlement in the Midwest?

How about this? Did you know that Michigan abolished the death penalty in 1846 for all crimes other than treason. We were the first English speaking government in the world to do this.

We put out the first air-conditioned car in 1939, but that’s no surprise,we put the world on wheels!

Have you ever heard of the Michigan Dogman? It’s supposed to be a werewolf type beast. Legend has it that it was spotted in Wexford County in 1887. It was later turned into a independent film and some radio stations up north had fun with it in the 80s.

How about the Saugatuck Chain Ferry? It was built 1838 and is the only hand cranked ferry in the United States.

Our state had the first concrete paved roads (some haven’t been paved since HA!), and we were the first state to have phone numbers.

Check it out, we’re actually pretty cool, but we knew that!

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