Everything is better in Michigan, or so the residents would tell you. There are some great facts about the state that can be proven. Vernors ginger ale was born in Detroit and was known as the first pop made in the United States. In 1862, pharmacist James Vernor was trying to craft a new beverage when he was called away to serve in the Civil War. When he returned, 4 years later, the drink he had stored in an oak case had acquired a delicious flavor that was reminiscent of ginger.
Another thing to come out of Michigan was President Gerald R. Ford. Growing up in Grand Rapids, he attended the University of Michigan where he played football. He was called upon to serve in World War II, and afterward ran for Congress where he served 24 years, before becoming the only president in history that was not elected to the office of President or Vice President.
Those are just a couple of the facts that come from the state, here are a few more.
- The Kellogg Company has made Battle Creek the Cereal Capital of the World. The Kellogg brothers accidentally discovered the process for producing flaked cereal products and sparked the beginning of the dry cereal industry.
- 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.
- Michigan has the longest freshwater shoreline in the world.
- Michigan has more shoreline than any other state except Alaska.
- Michigan has 116 lighthouses and navigational lights.
It looks as if they keep the shores pretty safe for you to visit. If you like what you see, you may end up moving there.