An (almost) Complete History of Michigan–Ok, Mostly the Upper Peninsula

Today is Michigan’s 186th birthday! To celebrate we’re giving a bit of history lesson. We hope you’ll learn as much we did putting this together.

We’ve compiled highlights from every year since Michigan’s admittance into statehood in 1837. But as we know, this just a small piece of Michigan’s rich history. Please share your additions in the comments below.

Things to do in Michigan today…

  • Eat a pasty, or a coney dog
  • Visit Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, or Lake Erie
  • Visit Presque Isle, or Belle Isle
  • Drive across the International Bridge, or the Ambassador Bridge, or the Mackinac Bridge, or the Portage Lift Bridge
  • Cheer for the Huskies, or the Wolverines, or the Wildcats, or the Spartans
  • Watch Escanaba In Da Moonlight, or 8 Mile.

Stay awesome, keep exploring, and do all the fun things in Michigan.

An almost complete Upper Peninsula timeline