Michigan celebrates its' 177th birthday on Sunday, January 26, 2014.
A territory since 1805, Michigan was admitted to the Union as the 26th state on January 26, 1837.
Ann Arbor was founded before Michigan became an official U.S. state in 1824 when John Allen and Elisha Rumsey left Detroit on a one-horse sleigh and headed west to establish a new community. Originally registered as Annarbour, it is believed that the "Ann" honors their wives Ann and Mary Ann and "arbour" refers to a grove or shady opening found in the Michigan woods. Eventually the words were separated and the town became known as Ann Arbor - it remains the only city in the world with that name.
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