The Michigan Portal
Location of Michigan within the United States
() is a Michigan state in the Great Lakes region of the upper Midwestern United States. With a population of nearly 10.12 million and an area of nearly 97,000 sq mi (250,000 km 2), Michigan is the 10th-largest state by population, the 11th-largest by area, and the largest by area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies. Its name derives from a gallicized variant of the original Ojibwe word ( ᒥᓯᑲᒥ ), meaning "large water" or "large lake".
Michigan consists of two
peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula resembles the shape of a mitten, and comprises a majority of the state's land area. The Upper Peninsula (often called "the U.P.") is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile (8 km) channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge connects the peninsulas. Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the United States, being bordered by four of the five Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair. It also has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds. Michigan has the second-most water of any state, behind only Alaska.
The area was first occupied by a succession of
Native American tribes over thousands of years. In the 17th century, French explorers claimed it as part of the New France colony, when it was largely inhabited by indigenous peoples. French and Canadian traders and settlers, Métis, and others migrated to the area, settling largely along the waterways. After France's defeat in the French and Indian War in 1762, the region came under British rule. Britain ceded the territory to the newly independent United States after Britain's defeat in the American Revolutionary War.
The area was part of the larger
Northwest Territory until 1800, when western Michigan became part of the Indiana Territory. Michigan Territory was formed in 1805, but some of the northern border with Canada was not agreed upon until after the War of 1812. Michigan was admitted into the Union in 1837 as the 26th state, a free one. It soon became an important center of industry and trade in the Great Lakes region, attracting immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries from many European countries. Immigrants from Finland, Macedonia, and the Netherlands were especially numerous. Migration from Appalachia and of Black Southerners as part of the Great Migration increased in the 1930s, with many settling in Metro Detroit. ( )
Recognized content -
Entries here consist of Good and Featured articles, which meet a core set of high editorial standards.
was an American SS Edmund Fitzgerald Great Lakes freighter that sank in Lake Superior during a storm on November 10, 1975, with the loss of the entire crew of 29 men. When launched on June 7, 1958, she was the largest ship on North America's Great Lakes, and she remains the largest to have sunk there. She was located in deep water on November 14, 1975, by a U.S. Navy aircraft detecting magnetic anomalies, and found soon afterwards to be in two large pieces.
For 17 years,
taconite iron ore
from mines near
, to iron works in
, and other Great Lakes ports. As a workhorse, she set seasonal haul records six times, often breaking her own record. Captain Peter Pulcer was known for piping music day or night over the ship's intercom while passing through the
rivers (between lakes
), and entertaining spectators at the
(between Lakes Superior and Huron) with a running commentary about the ship. Her size, record-breaking performance, and "
to boat watchers. (
Selected picture - Did you know -
in WILS-TV Lansing, Michigan, featured a singing weather girl and pianist dressed appropriately for the next day's forecast? ... that when the
defeated Ohio State, opposing coach 1959 Michigan football team Woody Hayes whirled and hurled pieces of clothing, drawing a comparison to a "hot stripper"? ... that despite having reportedly been destroyed in 1946, the 16-ton granite ball that once sat on top of the
reappeared in a Michigan field in 2001? Columbia University sundial ... that with the designation of County Highway
in 1970, Mrs. Howard "Gene" Temple became the first Michigan woman to acquire a highway designation from the State Highway Commission? A-2 ... that in 2020,
was elected the prosecuting attorney of Eli Savit Washtenaw County, Michigan, on a promise to abolish the cash bail system? ... that before was sold this year, the first self-service grocery store in the Angeli Foods Upper Peninsula of Michigan had been owned by three generations of a single family? Related portals
Selected article -
( Detroit , dih- TROYT locally also ; DEE-troyt French: Détroit, lit. 'strait') is the largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is also the largest U.S. city on the United States–Canada border, and the seat of government of Wayne County. The City of Detroit had a population of 639,111 at the 2020 census, making it the 27th-most populous city in the United States. The metropolitan area, known as Metro Detroit, is home to 4.3 million people, making it the second-largest in the Midwest after the Chicago metropolitan area, and the 14th-largest in the United States. Regarded as a major cultural center, Detroit is known for its contributions to music, art, architecture and design, in addition to its historical automotive background. named Detroit as one of the fifty World's Greatest Places of 2022 to explore.
Detroit is a major port on the
, one of the four major
that connect the
system to the
Saint Lawrence Seaway
. The City of Detroit anchors the second-largest regional economy in the
and ahead of
, and the
in the United States. Detroit is best known as the center of the
U.S. automobile industry
, and the "
" auto manufacturers
Stellantis North America
(Chrysler) are all headquartered in Metro Detroit. , the Detroit metropolitan area is the number one exporting region among 310 defined metropolitan areas in the United States. The
Detroit Metropolitan Airport
is among the most important
in the United States. Detroit and its neighboring Canadian city
are connected through
a highway tunnel
, and the
, which is the second-busiest international crossing in North America, after
List of selected articles
Highland Park, Michigan Houghton, Michigan Michigan State Spartans Farmington Hills, Michigan Dearborn, Michigan Mackinac Island Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Detroit Tigers Michigan left Novi, Michigan Alpena, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan Lansing, Michigan Economy of metropolitan Detroit Hamtramck, Michigan Somerset Collection Presque Isle County, Michigan History of Detroit Edsel and Eleanor Ford House Howard Henry Peckham Catharine Hitchcock Tilden Avery Henry Ford Aretha Franklin Cadillac Albert Pattengill Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Ford Motor Company Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport Jimmy Hoffa Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum Ford Model T Detroit Automobile Company Iron Mountain Central Historic District Grand Rapids Medical Mile McG Albert M. Todd 1890 Michigan Wolverines football team Rosedale Park, Detroit Turtle Island (Lake Erie) The Purple Gang Grassy Island Eminem COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan Selected biography -
(May 28, 1901 – January 26, 1988) was an Paul Gordon Goebel American football end who played for the University of Michigan Wolverines from 1920 to 1922. He was an All-American in 1921 and was the team's captain in 1922. He played professional football from 1923 to 1926 with the Columbus Tigers, Chicago Bears, and New York Yankees. He was named to the NFL All-Pro team in 1923 and 1924.
After his football career ended, he operated a sporting good store in Grand Rapids. He officiated football games for the
Big Ten Conference
for 16 years and also served in the
World War II
. He was active in
Grand Rapids, Michigan
, and was one of the organizers of a reform movement to oust the city's
, Frank McKay. As an anti-McKay reform candidate, Goebel was three times elected mayor of Grand Rapids in the 1950s. He was later elected to the
University of Michigan
Board of Regents, where he served from 1962 to 1970. (
The following are images from various Michigan-related articles on Wikipedia.
Ford Dearborn Proving Ground (DPG) completed major reconstruction and renovations in 2006. (from )
Michigan 2020 population distribution (from
Detroit in the mid-twentieth century. At the time, the city was the fourth-largest U.S. metropolis by population, and held about one-third of the state's population. (from )
Père Marquette and the Indians (1869) by Wilhelm Lamprecht (from )
Henry Schenck Tanner, published in 1842, showing such county names as "Negwegon County," "Okkuddo County," and "Unwattin County," prior to an 1843 legislative action renaming sixteen counties in northern Michigan (from )
History of Michigan
A map of Michigan by
History of Michigan
Map of the original 13 colonies and their territories. Note that Michigan was the object of multiple claims. (from
Distribution of Michigan's jobs as percentages of entire workforce (from
Select [►] to view subcategories
Things you can do