Pure Michigan

michigan2Tuesday finds us with some interesting fun facts about Michigan!

  • Did you know that Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office?  The J.W. Westcott II is the only boat in the world that delivers mail to ships while they are still underway. They have been operating for 125 years.
  • Singing sand can be found on the beaches of Grand Haven. The sand particles make a whistling sound as you walk upon them.  This is one I am going to have to explore!!
  • Indian River is the home of the largest crucifix in the world. It is called the Cross in the Woods.
  • The Lake Superior shoreline, if straightened out, could connect Duluth and the Bahama Islands.
  • The ferry in the resort town of Saugatuck is the only remaining chain-driven ferry in the country and it is hand propelled. What a classic!!!
  • The nineteen chandeliers in the Capitol in Lansing are one of a kind and designed especially for the building by Tiffany’s of New York.  Weighing between eight and nine hundred pounds apiece they are composed of copper, iron, and pewter. Beautiful!!

In this beautiful state, there are over three thousand miles of shoreline, 11,000 inland lakes, and millions of acres of forest cover. There are nearly 10 million residents in the Mitten State, spread out over eighty-three diverse counties. But what Michigan has the most of is…reasons to visit. Our delightful peninsulas are more than just a sum of their lovely parts. Of course, we have access to four of the five Great Lakes and slopes for skiing. But the heart of Michigan is more than its topography—it’s an attitude, a history, and a lifestyle that make Michigan a special place to visit.

Michigan is the setting for thousands of picture-perfect vacations. Just ask anyone who has visited our great state and they will tell you that there is just something about Michigan, something that welcomes you, and embraces you and always pulls you back. It could be the sense of solitude and peace you feel as you look over snow-covered hills and feel an electric chill in the air. Possibly it is the warm sand between your toes as you lounge on one of Michigan’s several perfect beaches, while hearing the roar of a Great Lake lulling you into deep relaxation. Or the awe you might feel as you cross the state in fall, taking in the jeweled tones of changing leaves and savoring the fresh, crisp clean air. Michigan is, in a word, magical: a lone state that gives every visitor the feeling of traveling the world.



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