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MICHIGAN  
DETROIT  
AREA 96,810 sq miles (22nd)(Land) 56,809 sq. miles (Water) 40,001 sq. miles
CAPITAL Lansing
FAMOUS DATES Organized as territory: Jan. 11, 1805 , Entered Union (rank): Jan. 26, 1837 (26), Present constitution adopted: April 1, 1963, (effective Jan. 1, 1964)
LOCATION 42.709N, 084.553W
MEAN ELEVATION 900 ft
HIGHEST POINT Mt. Arvon, 1,979 ft.
LOWEST POINT Lake Erie, 572 ft.
COUNTIES 83
COASTLINE 0
GEOGRAPHIC CENTER in Wexford
STATE FOSSIL  
STATE GRASS  
STATE REPTILE painted turtle (1995)
STATE ROCK Petoskey Stone
STATE GEMSTONE Chlorastrolite (aka greenstone aka Isle Royal Green Stone)
STATE FLAG The current version of Michigan's state flag was officially adopted in 1911. It displays (on a dark blue field), the 1832 state arms representation. Those arms include an elk and moose supporting the official shield. That shield displays a man indicating friendship. He stands on a peninsula, next to a lake, with the morning sun rising. A bald eagle sits on top of the shield.
STATE COLORS  
STATE SEAL The Great Seal of the State of Michigan was inspired by the seal used by the Hudson Bay Fur Company. Michigan's second governor, Lewis Cass, presented the idea to the Constitutional Convention, and it was accepted on June 2, 1835.At the center of the seal, there is an image of a man standing resolutely at the tip of a penninsula, watching the sun rise, his rifle ready. On either side of the shield, a majestic moose and elk stand facing each other keeping the shield securely in place. And just above the shield, an eagle adds to the majesty. Each of these proud animals lends credence to the motto on the shield, "Tuebor", or "I will defend". Above the eagle is the familiar motto "E pluribus unum", or "From many, one". Below the shield are the words "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice", or "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you." And encircling all of this are the words "The Great Seal of the State of Michigan".
STATE SLOGAN First Line Of Defense From The Canadians
STATE MOTTO "If You Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, Look About You"
STATE SONG "Michigan, My Michigan"
STATE TREE white pine (1955)
STATE BIRD robin (1931)
STATE ANIMAL White-tailed Deer
STATE FISH Brook Trout
STATE METAL  
STATE NICKNAMES "Wolverine State,"and "Great Lake State"
STATE FLOWER Apple Blossom
BORDERING STATES Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and the Canadian Province of Ontario

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