JAN. 26, 1837

As state turns 182, the U.P. remains a northern paradise


Story and photo by Lon Emerick
Michigan, admitted to the Union on Jan. 26, 1837, is still very youthful and beautiful at 182 years old. Especially my homeland, the Upper Peninsula. We almost did not have this wondrous land above the Straits of Mackinac.
In 1835, the governor and legislators of the territory of Michigan would have gladly traded the Upper Peninsula lands for a much smaller strip of land (the Toledo Strip, 470 square miles) on the border with Ohio. In fact, it took a mini-war between the state of Ohio and the territory of Michigan to settle the matter.

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