Lake Superior named by the French as Lac Supérieur and by the Ojibwe tribe Gitchi-Gami has a size that is unparalleled. It is the largest and deepest of all the Great Lakes of North America. Considered as the largest freshwater in the world, it borders two countries – the United States and Canada. The province of Ontario, Canada is located on the north, while the US state of Minnesota to the west and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to the south.
Ontario, the second largest Canadian province is the most densely populated in the country. The provincial motto goes as “Ut incepit Fidelis sic permanent” which means “Loyal she began and loyal she remains”. Measuring about 412, 582 square miles, it’s about the size of Texas and Montana combined. It also houses many mineral, industrial and agricultural industries which boost financial outputs in Canada. It has very extreme weather conditions – the far north has sub-arctic temperatures while the west has a temperate climate condition.
One fascinating fact about Ontario is that the province has the longest street in the world. Yonge Street starts from Lake Ontario and stretches north passing through central and Northern Ontario going to the Rainy River and Minnesota border. According to the Guinness Book of World Records in 1998, the total distance measure about 1178 miles or 1896 kilometers.
The US state of Minnesota was incorporated on May 11, 1858. Because it has a large number of lakes they are known for their slogan of “Land of 10,000 Lakes”. It has a shoreline measuring about 90,000 miles. The state’s official motto is L’Étoile du Nord meaning “Star of the North”. The Guinness Book of World Records deemed Minnesota as “The Quietest Place on Earth” which happened to be in Minneapolis.
The state has 123 rice lakes, 154 long lakes, and 201 mud lakes. Because Minnesota has more lakes than in any other state, the ratio of the boat in the state is 1 per every 6 persons. But they have the most golfers per capita in the entire United States.
There are many historical firsts in this state like:
- The Minneapolis Public Library is the first library to have a children’s department.
- Minneapolis housed the first ever Better Business Bureau founded in 1912.
- They do love their toast as the first Automatic Pop-up toaster first sold in 1926.
Wisconsin ranks as the 23rd largest state by total are and sits at the 20th place for most populous in the US. It borders Lake Superior in the north and Lake Michigan in the east. Ancient settlers comprise of Winnebago, Menominee, and Dakota Indians. In 1634, the French explorer Jean Nicolet landed at Green Bay in 1634. By 1660s the Europeans built a trading post and Catholic mission near the present day Ashland.
Deemed as “America’s Dairyland”, Wisconsin has the largest dairy cow population which produces milk more than any other US states. It has more than 14,000 lakes and 7,446 streams and rivers.
The state symbol is the badger but does not refer to the animal. It’s a tribute to the miners during 1820s that traveled for work and dug tunnels to keep warm like the badgers. During the summer season, tourists gathered around Door County, raising the population tenfold of the year-round residents.
The name Michigan came from the word mishigamaa of the Ojibwe Indians meaning “large water” or “large lake”. It ranks as the 10th most populous of all the 50 US states. The state has more freshwater shoreline than any other state in the US measuring 3,126 miles. It sits in a location where the coastline touches the four Great Lakes namely, Lake Huron, Michigan, Erie, and Superior.
Due to its unique location, Michigan is the only state in the US that has a floating post office named J.W. Westcott II. It’s the only sea vessel that delivers mail to other ships while traversing the Great Lakes. The J.W. Westcott us the only floating zip code which is 48222. By using the format “(Vessel Name), Marine Post Office, Detroit, Michigan, 48222”, any members of ships’ crew transiting the Detroit River can receive mail.
Motown, Detroit, Michigan often referred to as Motor City. Some of the internationally acclaimed vehicles like Chevrolet and Ford started in Michigan. It’s also known as the automotive center of the world and metonym for the American automobile industry. In 1939, Detroit’s Packard Motor Car Company built the first ever air-conditioned car in Michigan.