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State boasts some interesting facts and places

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Posted: Friday, April 8, 2016 5:15 pm

Michigan is one of the few states in the union where its citizens travel to stay home — home meaning within the state.

 While there are the usual popular vacation and weekend getaway spots, there are some out-of-the-way places with some interesting stuff to brag about.

 For example, one of the world’s largest registered Holstein (that’s a cow) herds can be found at Green Meadow Farms in the appropriately-named village of Elsie.

 Colon, despite its unfortunate name, is nevertheless quite the magical place. Located close to the southwest corner of the state, it’s the former hometown and, unless he’s pulled a Houdini and managed a posthumous escape, the final resting place of Harry Blackstone, Sr.

 The Michigan Dogman, a kind of werewolfish-type beast, was first spotted in Wexford County in 1887 and several times thereafter. More recent sightings have mostly been linked to a 1987 radio station hoax, as well as to a related 2007 video which was later debunked on “MonsterQuest.”

 The melon heads of Ottawa County are a whole other breed of Michigan cryptid. They were said to have originated as children with hydrocephalus who lived at an insane asylum near Holland’s Felt Mansion, but they somehow mutated, went feral and escaped into the surrounding woods where they still lurk, waiting to leap out and attack.

 If you straightened out Lake Superior’s shoreline alone, it would reach from Duluth to the Bahamas.

 The J.W. Westcott II, which operates out of Detroit, is the world’s only floating post office, as it delivers mail to ships as they pass under the Ambassador Bridge.

 Detroit residents were the first in the nation to have phone numbers. It seems that by 1879, the city had grown so large that operators were no longer able to route the calls by name alone.

 French-Canadian lumberjack Fabian Fournier, who worked for a lumber company in the Grayling area in the late 1800s, was said to be an inspiration for the legendary Paul Bunyan.

 Oscoda claims to be the official hometown of the literary Paul Bunyan, as the first published story about him appeared in the Oscoda Press in 1906.

 The Detroit metro area sits atop a gigantic salt mine. According to some estimates, there’s enough salt down there to last for 70 million years at the world’s current rate of consumption.

 The original name of the University of Michigan, which was founded in 1817, was Catholepistemiad. Try chanting that at a football game.

 Grand Haven is famous for its “singing sand” beaches, which make a whistling sound when you walk on them.

Source: movoto.com

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