On January 26, 1837, Michigan was admitted as the 26th US state. Michigan is unique in the way that it is the only US state to consist of two peninsulas. The Upper and Lower peninsulas are separated by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge, one of world’s longest suspension bridges, spans five miles and connects Michigan’s Upper peninsula to the rest of the state.
Surrounded by Lake St. Claire and four of the five Great Lakes, Michigan has the longest freshwater coastline in the world, which makes it one of the leading U.S. states for recreational boating.
Adopted in 1911, the present Michigan State Flag is actually the third state flag. As far as anyone knows, the first flag is completely lost with no known images existing. The flag featured a likeness of Stevens T. Mason, Michigan's first governor, on one side. On the reverse was the state coat of arms and "a soldier and a lady". The second flag contained Michigan’s state coat of arms on one side and the United States coat of arms on the reverse.
The current Michigan State Flag features the state coat of arms on a blue background.