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Michigan Celebrates 175th Birthday On Anniversary Of Statehood (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/26/2012 12:38 pm EST Updated: 01/26/2013 11:22 am EST

It's been 175 years since 1837, when Michigan and Ohio signed a truce after a brief skirmish over the hotly contested property of the Toledo Strip.

Ohio might have gotten the fair city of Toledo, but in exchange Michigan got the riches of the Upper Peninsula -- a much better deal, we think.

With the matter of territory cleared up, President Andrew Jackson signed Michigan into statehood on Jan. 26, 1837, making the mitten the 26th state in the union.

Since then, Michiganders from Motown crooners to union strikers have worked to make their home great. From Copper Country to Little Bavaria, from Poletown to Black Bottom, diverse communities come together to form the only true Mitten State.

There are far too many great Michigan stories to tell, so if you're itching to dive into history, we'll point you to the treasure troves of the Michigan eLibrary collection and the fascinating history blog Night Train to Detroit.

But first check out photos below of some of the important events, people and places in the state's 175 year history. If you really want to celebrate Michigan's 175th birthday, add your own photographs. And always remember: "If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you."

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  • 1795: William Hull, First Gov. Of Michigan Territory

    Description: Portrait of William Hull taken from life. Pastel on paper. Date: c. 1795-1801 Source: Currently in the collection of the City of Philadelphia Author: James Sharples Sr. (1751-1811)

  • Stevens T. Mason, Boy Governor

    The state of Michigan's first governor, Stevens T. Mason (also known as "Young Hotspur"), is the youngest governor in national history. He served from 1835 to 1840, elected at age 23. Title: Stevens Thomson Mason Detroit Publishing Co. , publisher Date Created/Published: between 1900 and 1920 Photograph of a painting

  • 1850: Douglass Houghton

    Geologist and surveyor of the Upper Peninsula, professor of geology at University of Michigan, Detroit mayor 1842 Date: 1850 Source: University of Michigan Douglass Houghton Scholars Program Author: Oil on board by Alva Bradish 1806-1901

  • 1898: Belle Isle

    Title: Detroit. Belle Isle, Grand Canal Creator(s): Detroit Photographic Co., Date Created/Published: between1898 and 1905 Medium: 1 photomechanical print : photochrom, color.

  • 1898: Escanaba Ore Docks

    Title: The Escanaba ore docks Detroit Publishing Co., Date Created/Published: c1898.

  • 1899: Fort Mackinac

    Title: Old Block House [Fort Mackinac] and harbor, Mackinac Island, Michigan Detroit Publishing Co., publisher Date Created/Published: c1899.

  • 1900: Hazen Pingree, Mich. Gov.

    Detroit Mayor 1889-1897 Michigan Governor 1897-1901 Title: H.S. Pingree Detroit Publishing Co. , publisher Date Created/Published: between 1900 and 1915

  • Bird's Eye View Of Detroit

    Birds eye view showing about three miles square of the central portion of the city of Detroit, Michigan

  • 1900: Detroit Opera House

    Title: Detroit Opera House, Detroit, Mich. Detroit Publishing Co. , publisher Date Created/Published: between 1900 and 1910

  • Henry Ford

  • 1900: Battle Creek Sanitarium

    Postcard of Battle Creek Sanitarium, Breathing Exercises, circa 1900

  • 1900: The Soo Locks

    Title: The Locks, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan Detroit Publishing Co. , publisher Date Created/Published: ca. 1900

  • 1904: University of Michigan Football Match Against University of Chicago

  • 1910: Palace Rink Team

    Title: Palace Rink Team, Detroit Bain News Service, publisher. Date: Between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]

  • 1910: Strike In Copper Country

    Title: Strike -- Calumet, Mich. Creator(s): Bain News Service, publisher Date Created/Published: between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915

  • 1915: Ty Cobb

    Title: Ty Cobb, Detroit Date Created/Published: c1915 Feb. 19.

  • 1915: Detroit Streetcar

    Title: Streetcar safety demonstration, Detroit, Mich. Detroit Publishing Co. , publisher Date Created/Published: between 1915 and 1930

  • 1929: Detroit Skyline

  • 1941: Mobilizing Michigan

    Title: Mobilizing Michigan for farm and factory U.S. Employment Service survey conducted house to house by veteran's organizations. Creator(s): Merlin, Maurice, artist Federal Art Project , sponsor Date Created/Published: Michigan : Michigan Art & Craft Project, W.P.A., [between 1941 and 1943]

  • 1942: Second Ave., Detroit

    Title: Traffic at 5:30 on Second Avenue, Detroit, Mich. Photographer: Siegel, Arthur, 1913-1978, photographer. Date: 1942 July

  • 1942: Wayne County Airport

    Title: Wayne County Airport, a United States Army Air Corps air ferry command base sixteen miles from Detroit, Michigan. Factory men inspecting the ship Creator(s): Siegel, Arthur S., photographer Date Created/Published: 1942 Sept.

  • 1942: Detroit Youths Contribute To War Effort

    Title: Detroit, Michigan. Youths line up to register for the salvage drive sponsored by the Metropolitan Youth Council Creator(s): Siegel, Arthur S., photographer Date Created/Published: 1942 July.

  • 1942: Looking North On Woodward Ave.

    Title: Looking north on Woodward Ave., from the Maccabee[s] Building with the Fisher Building at the far left, and the Wardell Hotel at the middle right, Detroit, Mich. Photographer: Siegel, Arthur, 1913-1978 Date: 1942 July

  • 1942: Milling Machine Operator

    Title: Detroit, Michigan. Milling machine operator at the Allison Motors plant Creator(s): Rothstein, Arthur, 1915-1985, photographer Date Created/Published: 1942 Sept.

  • 1942: Great Lakes Steel Corporation

    Title: Hanna furnaces of the Great Lakes Steel Corporation, Detroit, Mich. General view showing tank which stores gas from the coke oven. Square building and extension in middle ground is where coal is fed to a feeder belt and then transferred to a storage place on top of the coke oven. The coal is then dropped into three inverted bottle-like containers and from there fed directly into the coke ovens Creator(s): Siegel, Arthur, 1913-1978, photographer Date Created/Published: 1942 Nov.

  • 1950: Detroit Scenes At Her 250th Birthday

  • 1956: Mackinac Bridge Construction

    East catwalk - June 15, 1956 Photographer: Herman D. Ellis

  • 1962: J. L. Hudson Parade

  • 1966: The Supremes

  • 1967: Detroit Riots

  • 1968: Detroit Tigers Win The Pennant

  • 1981: Coleman Young

    Photo by Einar Einarsson Kvaran