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bullet Michigan became the 26th state in the USA on January 26, 1837.
bullet State Capital - Lansing

bulletThe Name Michigan is from an Algonquian Chippewa Indian word "meicigama" that means "big sea water" "large water" or "large lake" (referring to the Great Lakes). State Nickname - Wolverine State

bullet State Nickname - Wolverine State
bullet Michigan is the eighth most populous state in the USA.
bullet A person in Michigan is never more than six miles from a natural water source or more than 87.2 miles from a Great Lakes shoreline
Map of USA showing location of Michigan
Michigan State flag
bullet Michigan is the only state to consist entirely of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula, to which the name Michigan was originally applied, is often dubbed "the mitten" by residents, owing to its shape. When asked where in Michigan one comes from, a resident of the Lower Peninsula may often point to the corresponding part of his or her hand. The Upper Peninsula (often referred to as "The U.P.") is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile wide channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Upper Peninsula is economically important for tourism and natural resources.
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July 24, 2010 - When the two RV Gypsies drove across the state line from Indiana to Michigan, they stopped at the Michigan Welcome Center and saw many wonderful historical and informational signs about the State of Michigan, that they would like to share because part of the reason the two RV Gypsies sold their house and travel full-time in their RV is to learn more about different parts of the USA and Canada.
sign about lighthouses in Michigan
a lighthouse
a lighthouse
a lighthouse
sign  about the New Buffalo Welcome Center
sign about the Eisenhower Interstate System
sign about the 24th Michigan volunteer infantry regiment
sign about The Iron Brigade
sign in welcome center by playground
sign about the Great State
Below is an enlargement of each of the three sections in the above sign
enlargement from above sign sign about the Great State
sign about the Great State
sign about the great outdoors
Below is an enlargement of each of the four sections in the above sign
sign about the Great State sign about the Great State
sign about the Great State sign about the Great State
And here are just a few photos taken while driving from the Welcome Center to the campground.
a large pumpkin fresh corn sign
An indoor-outdoor water park
An indoor-outdoor water park
sign - Welcome to American Campgrounds
When the two RV Gypsies arrived at "American Campgrounds" in Hartford, Michigan, they discovered that the creek that runs through the campground had backed up onto one of the dirt roads, and into the grassy sites near the creek. Although friends of the two RV Gypsies had just washed the toad the day before, mud obviously got on both the RV and the toad of the two RV Gypsies. The first site the two RV Gypsies parked in did not work out because when they put the jacks down, the blocks and jacks just sank into the wet ground. But they did find a dry site for their RV.
muddy road
the new yard of the two RV Gypsies
The two RV Gypsies were unable to get any TV channels in at this campground, not even with the satellite dish. No WI-FI either. AT&T was slow, but did come in. Clotheslines ARE allowed, but not attached to a tree. Most campgrounds don't allow clotheslines at all.
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MICHIGAN WELCOME CENTER- a bit of Michigan history, a bit of history on the many lighthouses in Michigan, and photos at American Campgrounds
Warren Dunes State Park
and a big sand dune
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