Just how important is southwest Michigan to the history of the state? When Michigan joined the union in 1837, there were only 16 incorporated cities and villages. Half of them were in the southwest corner of the state.
Mount Arvon in northern Michigan's Huron Mountains has always been considered the highest point in the state. Surprisingly, that high point has been replaced by a pile of mining waste from the Tiden Mine near Ishpeming.
From the Toledo War to a 1973 Supreme Court Case, the Michigan-Ohio border is one of the most contested in American history. The reason? The point that was to mark the beginning of the border is lost forever.