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My Michigan Adventure!
Transcript of My Michigan Adventure!
Comerica Park opened on April 11, 2000. The stadium can fit 45,010 people. It took 300 million dollars to build and is in Downtown Detroit. Comerica Park is the home of the Detroit Tigers and they have many of their big games there.
The Upper Peninsula contains 29% of the land area of Michigan but just 3% of its total population. Due to harsh winters, it is not suited for agriculture. It's economy is based on logging, mining, and tourism. .The upper peninsula is blessed with large deposits of iron, copper, limestone, and gypsum. It has extensive coastline on the Great Lakes, large tracts of state and national forests, cedar swamps and more than 150 waterfalls. The largest city is Marquette.
Iron Ore Mine
It is surrounded by water on all sides except its southern border with Ohio and Indiana. It has the shape of a mitten with the mid-eastern region identified as The Thumb. It has a much larger population. The state capitol, Lansing is in the LP. It is blessed with many rivers and lakes.
Fun Fact! Many of the main cities are in the lower peninsula
Ford Field was opened on August 24, 2002. It is across the street from Comerica Park. It took 430 million dollars to build and is also is in Downtown Detroit. Ford Field is the home of the Detroit Lions and they have all their big games there.
Joe Louis Arena opened on December 12, 1979. The arena can fit 20,058 people. Its nicknamed "The Joe" and is home to the Detroit Red Wings. It also has a small museum about Joe Louis the boxer.
Frankenmuth is called little Bavaria, Germany. It is a politically independent city. According to the 2010 census, the population was 4,944. It is in Saginaw County and Frankenmuth Township.
Detroit Zoo is in Royal Oak. It is 125 acres long and has over 10 exhibits. Detroit Zoo has 20 species of animals. There is 4 cafes and a few ice-cream parlors. They have grasslands to across the arctic, and even have a polar bear!
The Blue Water Bridge's construction started on August 1936. They finished and opened it on October 10, 1938. It links Port Huron and Ontario, Canada. The bridge is 233' tall. It makes travel easier by car or truck so you don't have to fly a plane to get to Canada. The Blue Water Bridge is maintained by Canada and the United States. It got its name "The Blue Water Bridge" because from a distance it seems like blue water is floating beneath it.
Mackinac Island is an island in Lake Huron. It is a resort covering 3.8 square miles in area. It is between the upper and lower peninsulas. According to the 2010 census, the population was 492. In the late 19th century many people began to come here for their summer vacations. The island is famous for its fudge which is also sold outside Michigan. Motorized vehicles have been prohibited since 1898 except for snowmobiles during winter and emergency and service vehicles. Travel on the island is mainly by foot, bicycle or horse drawn carriages.
Beaver Island is the largest island in Lake Michigan which appeared out of ice and glaciers 11,000 years ago. Though it was once home to a religious American monarchy, it is now a popular tourist destination. It is often referred to as "America's Emerald Isle" because many of its descendents are Irish. The area of the island is 55.7 square miles. According to the 2010 census, the population was less than 1,000. High Island is it's closest neighbor. There are two airports, one private and the other public.
It is located in Ontonagon County. There are biking and hiking trails which overlook Lake Superior. You can ski as well on scenic trails in the woods and/or in the mountains. It is highly recommended for families.
Traverse City State Park
It is a 47 acre state park located in Traverse City. It is officially Keith J Charters State Park since 2011. It was established in 1920 and features beaches, bath houses, fire pits and a ranger station.
Holland State Park
It is located about 4 miles west of Holland in Park Township (Ottawa County). It was established in 1926 with an area of about 142 acres. It features two large campgrounds, picnic tables, fire pits, grills, a volleyball court and a house. One of the attractions include a big red lighthouse.
Grand Haven State Park
It is a 48 acre park located on Lake Michigan. It consists entirely of beach sand and has 174 campsites. The main attraction is the Boardwalk with restaurants and shops.
Rock Harbor Lighthouse
It is 50' tall and is in Keweenaw. It is made of brick that is painted white. It opened in 1855, though first lit only in 1856. The lighthouse was listed in the National Register of Historic places.
Marquette Harbor Lighthouse
It is 40' tall and is in Marquette. It is also made of bricks. It opened on 1865, though first lit a little later on 1866. The lighthouse overlooks Lake Superior.
Old Mackinac Point Light
It is 49' tall and is on Mackinac Island. It is made of limestone and cream city brick. It opened on 1892 and was first lit the exact same year. The lighthouse is in Michilimackinac state park.
Mission Point Light
It is 36' tall and is 17 miles north of Traverse City. It is made of wood. It opened in 1870 and was first lit also in 1870. It is a square tower tower attached to a dwelling. It deactivated in 1933 but is still standing.
South Manitou Island Shoal Lighthouse
It is 65' tall and is on a island called Manitou Island. It is made of brick and masonry. It was first lit in1872 but got deactivated on 1978.
Lake Houghton is in Roscommon County. In the community of Prudville, Lake Houghton is the largest inland lake in Michigan. It is 31.32 square miles. Its outflow is the Muskegon river. The lakes width is 4.35 miles and its length is 7.45 miles.
Lake Torch is the 2nd largest inland lake in Michigan. It is 29.33 square miles and its surface elevation is 617'. Its 18,700 acres across. The lakes width is 1.98 miles and its length is 19 miles.
Lake Burt is in the shape of a mitten, and is the 4th largest inland lake in Michigan. Its inflow is the Crooked river and its outflow is the Indian river. It has an area of 26.75 square miles. The length is 9.9 miles and the width is 4.9 miles
Lake Charlevoix is the 3rd largest inland lake in Michigan. It is usually ice covered except in the summer. It has a 56 mile shoreline. The inflow is the Jordan river and is 26.87 square miles in area. The lakes length is 13.2 milesand width is 2.6 miles.
The word "inland lakes" means they appear inside land, not along the coast.
The name "Detroit River" came from the french word "Rivere de detroit" which translates as river of the strait. It is a 24 mile nautical river and the one island that appears inside it is Calf Island. Its source is Lake St.Clair.
The Kalamazoo River is 130 miles long from Lake Michigan's north and south branches. It travels through about 10 cities. Its source is North Adams and drains extensive water from southeast portion of the lower peninsula.
Two Hearted River
The Two Hearted River is quite a short river which is about 23.6 miles long. Its source is Luce County and drains into Lake Superior. It has a wilderness area that is great for canoeing.
The Grand River is the longest river in Michigan, it runs 252 miles. It runs through 12 cities which are Jackson, Eastern Rapids, Lansing, Portland, Grand Ledge, Ionia, Lowell, Grand Rapids, and Grand Haven.
The Huron River is 130 miles long just like the Kalamazoo River. It flows through Yspilanti. The source is the Huron Swamp and it flows into or its outflow is Lake Erie.
The Henry Ford Museum
is in Dearborn, Michigan and is an indoor and outdoor museum. Its founder is the famous Henry Ford. They focus on the history of cars, how to make cars and culture.
University of Michigan Museum of Arts
is one of the largest university art museums in the U.S and is located in Ann Arbor. It was established in 1946 and is founded by Brad Cloepfil. They focus on landscapes, history and portraits.
The Michigan Science Center
was formerly known as the Detroit Science Center is located in Detroit. It closed in 2011 but reopened in the end of 2012. They have about 20 exhibits including theaters. The Michigan Science Center is focused on space, life, engineering, physical science, nutrition and much more.
Impression 5 Science Center
(formerly known as the Impression 5 museum) was opened in 1972 and is located in Lansing. It is highly recommended for kids and helps them to play, create and challenge their understanding of science. The "5" represents the five senses.
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MAPS OF MICHIGAN
Here are some FUN FACTS about Detroit:
Detroit is the potato chip capitol of the world!
Back in 1930 a hamburger cost only 15 cents!
The Detroit Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world!
Detroit is the headquarters for GM, Chrysler, and Ford
Home of the band "Kid Rock"
Home of ice-cream soda
Potter Park Zoo is located in Lansing and was opened in 1915. It is around 20 acres and features more than 500 individual animals. It is the oldest public zoo in Michigan.
Dodge Mansion is located in Lansing and is also known as the Turner Dodge House. It was built in 1955. It is a historic site which is now a museum dedicated to Lansing's early pioneers.
Library of Michigan is located in Lansing and has over 700 books and publications. It is the 2nd largest state building, and is directed by Nancy Robertson. The library is on Kalamazoo St and is a popular historic site.
FUN FACT: The population is
Grand Traverse Bay is a bay of Lake Michigan. It is 32 miles long and 10 miles wide. It is divided into two arms by the Old Mission Peninsula. It is known for its cherries, grapes and mushrooms.
Grand Traverse Mall is located in Garfield Township and was opened in 1992. It features 3 anchor stores: JC Penny, TJ Max,and Macy's. It has an area of about 530,000 square feet.
Dennos Museum Center is a museum of art affiliated with the Northwestern Michigan College. It is named after donors Michael and Barbara Dennos. It has an outdoor sculpture garden and classroom sized theatre. It has several galleries for temporary exhibits and a large collection of Inuit art.
Detroit was founded in 1701
The first concrete road was built in Detroit in 1901
Lansing houses the Legislative and Executive branches of the government. The current capitol building is 267' tall and was opened on September 26, 1878. It weas built at a cost of around $1.5 million dollars.
Lansing River Trail is a non-motorized trail around 13 miles long and is located in East Lansing. It runs along the Grand River and the Red Cedar River between Michigan State University and Dietrich Park in northern Lansing. You can hike and/or bike along the lake.
Lake Huron is named after the French explorers, the Hurons. It is the third largest fresh water lake in the world. The surface area is 23,000 square miles. Its inflow is the Straits of Mackinac and the St. Mary's river while its outflow is the St. Clair river.
Lake Ontario is the smallest lake out of the great lakes of Michigan but holds 4x the water. According to the Wyandot (Huron) language, it means "shining water". It does not share a shoreline with Michigan. Its inflow is the Niagara River and the outflow is the St. Lawrence River.
Traverse City is often called the "cherry capital" of the world.
Wineries are in plenty on the Leelanau and Old Mission peninsulas that rise above the blue waters of the Grand Traverse Bay. There are 8 wineries on the Old Mission Peninsula and 25 wineries on the Leelanau Peninsula. The most popular grape grown here is the Riesling.
Lake Erie is the Iroquian word for "long tail". It is the 4th largest lake and its surface area is 9,910 square miles. Its volume is 2,900 cubic miles.The inflow is the Detroit River and the outflow is Niagara Falls.
Lake Superior means upper lake and is the largest surface lake of the world! The surface area is 31,700 square miles. The volume is 2,900 cubic miles and is fed by over 200 rivers and streams.
Look at the first letter of each lake. What does it spell? An abbreviation for the lakes is "HOMES!".
Lake Michigan is the only great lake that is located entirely in the U.S. It is the second largest of the Great Lakes by volume and the third largest by surface area (22,400 square miles). The name is believed to come from the Ojibwa word mishigami meaning "great water".
Blue Water Bridge
The Mackinac Bridge is located on Interstate 75 in northern Michigan at the Straits of Mackinac. The bridge connects Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas. Mackinaw City is located at the south end of the bridge.The Mackinac Bridge is currently the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world and the longest bridge in the western hemisphere. It is often referred to as "Big Mac" and "Mighty Mac". The bridge was designed by engineer David B. Steinman and was completed in 1957. It took about 3,500 men to build the bridge. The total length of the Mackinac Bridge is 26,372 feet. The Mackinac bridge spans the Straits of Mackinac and is a suspension bridge held up by cables hung from towers. The daily traffic is about 11,600 vehicles . The toll is $2.00 per axle for passenger vehicles ($4.00 per car). It is $5.00 per axle for motor homes, and commercial vehicles.
- The state’s water resources are tremendous, including over 35,000 inland lakes and ponds, more than 49,000 miles of rivers and streams, and over 3,000 miles of coastline on the Great Lakes across both the upper and lower peninsula.
Michigan has been bestowed with abundant natural resources that support a strong economy. It has fertile soils for agriculture, expansive forests and sand dunes, large reserves of oil and gas, and many important mineral deposits like copper and nickel.
- Most of the Michigan dunes are along Lake Michigan and are around 3000-4000 years old. Lake Michigan houses the largest concentration of freshwater sand dunes in the world. The largest dunes are 250 feet in height and 1 mile in width. e.g. Sleeping Bear Dunes located along the northwest coast of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan in Leelanau County and Benzie County.
Copper and Nickel
- These are found in the western portion of the upper peninsula (mainly in Keweenaw Peninsula). One of the biggest mines is the $469 million Eagle Project near Marquette that began operations in 2013. It is operated by the mining giant Rio Tinto and is expected to produce 300 million pounds of nickel, 250 million pounds of copper and small amounts of other metals over its 7 to 8 year productive life.
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