This week marks the 175th year of Michigan's statehood: Happy Birthday, Michigan!
President Andrew Jackson signed Michigan into statehood on Jan. 26, 1837, making it the 26th state in the union.
During the past 175 years, Southwest Michigan has been the setting for plenty of entertainment and recreation. From maritime resorts like the Hotel Whitcomb, to the Fruit Belt, House of David, Silver Beach Amusement Park, gorgeous beaches and so much more.
In a statement, Governor Rick Snyder says "Michigan has a great past but its best days are yet to come," Snyder said. "The innovative spirit that built this state will take us to new heights in the 21st century and beyond. It's an honor to be a Michigander and as we celebrate this Michigan milestone, I encourage every resident to take a moment and reflect on the beauty, greatness and promise of our state."
I have to agree. And with over $1 billion in real estate development, new restaurants, breweries and wineries popping up every year, Southwest Michigan is one of the state's most dynamic places. More and more young professionals are moving back to the area to raise families. Tourism and agritourism are gaining as industries, and who can beat beaches like these only 90 minutes from downtown Chicago? (Photo at right courtesy of HigherPhoto)
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