100 Michigan Trivia Questions and Answers

Michigan derives its name from an Ojibwe word, ‘Mishigamaa’ which means “large water” or “large lake”.

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Michigan Facts Trivia Questions and Answers

Did you know that Michigan is the only place in the world with a floating post office? The J.W. Westcott II boat can deliver your mail to ships while they are still underway.

Michigan is home to big production labels i.e. Motown Records. The company has produced renown music for Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and The Temptations.

If you’re looking for Michigan trivia, you’ve come to the right place. Below is a thrilling quiz to test your Michigan knowledge.


1. What is Michigan’s state motto?

If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you. The motto is incorporated into the state seal, where it’s written in Latin


2. Dearborn, Michigan wasn’t always a city. What township was the city cut from?

Dearborn Township


3. Which one of the five Great Lakes does not connect to Michigan?

Lake Ontario


4. What river, headquartered in Oakland County, travels through three other counties before having its mouth in Monroe County?

Huron River


5. What is the only state that has more shoreline than Michigan?



6. Michigan is called the land of what?

11,000 lakes


7. What famous Michigan entrepreneur changed the American way of life when he invented the Model T automobile in Detroit?

Henry Ford invented the Model T.


8. The unique geography of Michigan is captured in its motto, which is “If you seek a pleasant___, look about you”. What word goes in the blank?



9. What city was Michigan’s first capital?



10. What is the state bird?

The robin


11. “Red Jacket miners had sore throats” (“Red Jacket Miners/Salt Trucks”) The Upper Peninsula village of Red Jacket or Calumet was the site of major mining activity in the late nineteenth century. The area, in the 1870s, was responsible for more than half of America’s production of which of these metals?



12. Which US president was from Michigan?

Gerald R. Ford


13. Michigan’s state stone is the Petoskey stone. What is a Petoskey stone?

Fossilized coral


14. What percent of the earth’s fresh surface water is in the Great Lakes?

20 percent


15. Detroit was the first capital city of Michigan, but Lansing later replaced it as the capital city. Which municipality was also once the state capital?

Lansing Township


16. How did Michigan acquire the Upper Peninsula?

After a dispute with Ohio


17. What third most populous city in the state of Michigan shares a rather famous border with Detroit?



18. What does the word Michigan mean?

Great Water


19. Where in the U.P. is the state fair held every year?



20. When you’re in Michigan, you are never more than how many miles from a Great Lake?

85 miles


21. What is the name of the site in the Upper Peninsula where there are waterfalls?

Tahquamenon Falls


22. What is the common nickname for people from the Upper Peninsula?



23. What is the tallest building in Detroit?

Renaissance Center


24. No point in Michigan is more than 6 miles from what?

From one of the 64,980 inland lakes


25. Name the four major professional sports teams in Michigan?

The Detroit Lions (Football), The Detroit Pistons (Basketball), The Detroit Tigers (Baseball), and The Detroit Red Wings (Hockey).


26. Name the second-largest city in Michigan?

Grand Rapids


27. Dearborn is often regarded as the home of Henry Ford. Why is he famous?

Automotive baron


28. What famous record label originated in Detroit?

Motown Records


29. Named for one of the largest cities in Michigan, which river connects Lake Erie to Lake St. Clair?

Detroit River


30. Michigan is home to what well-known cereal company?

Kellogg’s cereal


31. Name the first university established in Michigan?

University of Michigan


32. Which Native American chief led a rebellion against the British military occupation of present-day Michigan following the British victory in the 18th-century French and Indian War?



33. Name the Michigan-made beverage created in Detroit that was the first soda pop in the United States?

Vernors Ginger Ale


34. ““Jimmy Stewart came to Marquette County in 1959 And he was shot for two months there And all the pines wept stardust for a while And the Duke would play his soundtrack there As Preminger had cast him in the film His character was Pie-Eye” (“Marquette County, 1959”) Which movie, that also featured Lee Remick, is being described here?

Anatomy of a Murder


35. The Mackinac Bridge is how many miles in length?



36. Michigan has four interstate highways, but one of them doesn’t actually exist in any other state but Michigan. Which one?



37. Quaker settlers named what present-day Detroit suburb for their hometown in New York in 1824?



38. What is the name of the movie from 1991 that was partially filmed in Calumet?

Children of the Night


39. Michigan has how many international seaports?

Five: Port Huron, Bay City-Saginaw, Muskegon, Sault Ste. Marie and Detroit.


40. In the 2003-2004 season, where did the Detroit Red Wings play?

Joe Louis Arena


41. Where is the ‘Worlds Largest Tire’ located?

Allen Park


42. What is the highest range of mountains in Michigan?

The Porcupine Mountains


43. As of the 2010 U.S. Census what was the approximate population of Dearborn?



44. What is the meaning of the German place named Frankenmuth?

“Courage of the Franconians.”


45. Also called a creek, what river is named after the French word for bark?

Ecorse River


46. When Battle Creek was incorporated as a city in 1859, what new name was rejected by the electorate?



47. Michigan was the ____ state admitted into the Union?



48. Whitefish Point is a portion of what county?



49. This national lakeshore takes its name from an ancient Chippewa legend which declared that a certain animal was buried under the sand, waiting for her young. Name it?

Sleeping Bear

50. North Manitou Island and South Manitou Island share an Indian name; what’s the meaning?



51. When completed in 1930, this nearly a mile-long landmark became the first of its kind in the world?

Detroit Windsor Tunnel


52. What is the origin of the place named Detroit?

French. D’etroit (city “of the straits”)


53. What bridge connects Michigan with Canada at Detroit?

The Ambassador Bridge


54. The finding of a broken ax by a survey party led to the naming of what Michigan community?

Bad Axe


55. What percentage of Michigan’s total area is water?



56. Lake Erie is named for an Indian word having what meaning?



57. What is the busiest International Border crossing point in North America, in terms of trade volume?

Ambassador Bridge


58. In what Detroit suburb did the Detroit Pistons play their home games from 1988 to 2017?

Auburn Hills


59. Near what present-day city was the last great Indian battle in central Michigan fought in 1830 between the Chippewa and Sauk tribes?



60. What is the 4th largest industry in Michigan?



61. What Dickinson County community is named for the Roman god of metalworkers?



62. What city is the smallest Wayne County city in land area?



63. What is the name of the Henry Ford estate in Dearborn?

Fair Lane


64. Neighboring the city to the east, what other municipality did Dearborn’s Fire Department agree to protect in 2013?



65. Lapeer and Lapeer County derive their names from a corruption of what two French words?

La Pierre (“the stone”)


66. Which river was named for the grape plants growing along its banks?

River Raisin


67. What actress, born in Detroit in 1965, appeared in the TV series Twin Peaks?

Sherilyn Fenn


68. Many Michigan cities have nicknames relating to their major industry. Which one of these Michigan cities is known as the Cereal City?

Battle Creek


69. What suspense thriller was the first feature motion picture to be made solely in western Michigan?

Blind Faith


70. What state (other than the Lower Peninsula of Michigan) does the U.P. border?



71. What character did Detroit-born actor Harry Morgan play on the long-running television series M*A*S*H?

Col. Sherman Potter


72. Which fruit does Michigan produce more of than any other state?

Highbush blueberries


73. What was the original name of Saginaw native Stevie Wonder?

Steveland Morris


74. What is the state reptile?


75. In what 1984 film co-starring Steve Martin did Detroit native Lily Tomlin play a wealthy spinster?

All of Me


76. What is the name of Detroit’s professional baseball team?



77. In what light adventure series did Detroit native Robert Wagner star as the suave crook Alexander Mundy?

It Takes A Thief


78. “The lilacs hum against my Schwinn” (“Nightfall at Electric Park”) During the early years of the twentieth century, you might well have traversed Michigan on a Schwinn but on what would you have been traveling?

A bicycle


79. Spencer Tracy starred with what Port Huron native in the widely acclaimed 1933 film The Power and the Glory?

Colleen Moore


80. Where in Michigan is the USS Silversides, the submarine with the third-highest number of enemy ships sunk during World War II, berthed?



81. What political party was formed at a convention held in Jackson in July of 1854?

The Republican Party


82. 248 is the area code for what county?



83. What former governor of New York and presidential candidate, defeated by Harry Truman, was born in Owosso?

Thomas E. Dewey


84. What type of building is the Islamic Center of America?



85. Samaquasebing, Assemoqua, and Assymoquoasibee are three alternate names for what river?

Tobacco River


86. Which well-known Michigan Senator gave a famous speech in 1945 announcing his switch from isolationism to internationalism, and later cooperated on a bipartisan basis with the Truman Administration, following his philosophy that “politics stops at the water’s edge”?

Arthur Vandenberg


87. Michigan almost became part of Canada. What treaty gave Michigan back to the United States?

The Treaty of Ghent


88. In which suburb of Detroit is the Detroit Metro Airport located?



89. Where is Michigan’s geographic center?



90. Who became Michigan’s governor on January 1, 2011?

Rick Snyder


91. The first formal meeting of the Republican Party was held in which Michigan city?



92. What is Michigan’s highest point?

Mount Arvon


93. What is the airport code for Detroit Wayne County Metropolitan Airport?



94. What is the state’s fossil?



95. How many state parks are there in Michigan?

Over 100


96. How much thunderstorm activity does the state average annually?

30 days


97. Name the Michigan-born actress who had her breakout film role as the title character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall?


98. Where does Michigan rank in population compared to the rest of the states?

It is the 9th most populous


99. Which professional tennis-playing sister was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1981?


100. The state of Michigan has more “what” than any other state?



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