Five truths the world should know about Michigan

A few weeks ago, WDET-FM asked listeners what five objectives truths the world should know about Detroit. Then came a listing of facts about metropolitan Detroit from the Detroit Regional News Hub a few days later. Both the questions and subsequent lists sparked the idea to pull together a list of things the world should know about the Great Lake State. Here are five to get you started on building your own list.

  1. Agriculture is an important part of Michigan’s economy, fueled in part by apples. Our state is the third largest producer of apples in the country and Kent County is the largest apple-producing county in Michigan.
  2. When you think of Lake Superior, you might think of the Edmund Fitzgerald, or water that is too cold for a swim in August but did you know that 89 known species of fish call the largest of the Great Lakes home?
  3. Tourism is another pillar of Michigan’s economy and the state’s official tourism website has been the most popular state tourism website in the United States for a stunning five years in a row.
  4. Mount Curwood, in the Upper Peninsula’s Baraga County, was thought of as the highest point in Michigan at 1,978 feet until a U.S. Geological Survey team discovered in 1982 that nearby Mount Arvon is one foot taller. You can hike to the top of the mountain as long as you can navigate the logging roads!
  5. Fans of New York’s Central Park are often surprised to learn that Frederick Law Olmstead also created the master design plan for Detroit’s Belle Isle, which includes five miles of Detroit River shoreline.

What are the five truths about Michigan you want the world to know about? We would like to see how you can make this list grow!

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