Michigan was the 26th state admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837. Its name comes from an adaptation of an Indian word that means “large water” – perhaps because of the Great Lakes bordering this state.
In 1899, Henry Ford built his first car here. Other car companies soon started up in Detroit making it a large city. Henry Ford started the assembly line and soon cars were mass produced. Detroit is also the birth place of Motown – started by Barry Gordy in 1960′s. This music company brought the soul music of African Americans to the radio.
FLower: Apple Blossom
Tree: White Pine
Nickname: Wolverine State