2018 Milestone Years

Michigan was founded on January 26, 1837 as the 26th state of the United States of America—making this year its 181st Birthday / Anniversary (depending on how you look at it).

Currently home to nearly 10 million people, spread out throughout two peninsulas, Michigan is the Great Lakes State – the Mitten of Plenty – the Wolverine State. Michigan’s early business history is centered in industries that benefited from its proximity to the Great Lakes: fishing, lumbering, mining, fur trapping and agriculture.

Today, manufacturing remains the state’s top industry—followed by agriculture and tourism. This year, many noted Michigan businesses are celebrating milestone years…here’s a list (please feel free to share others we may have missed).

350 Years (1668)

 170 Years (1848)

165 Years (1853)

150 Years (1868)

145 Years (1873)

140 Years (1878)

 130 Years (1888)

120 Years (1898)

115 Years (1903)

110 Years (1908)

100 Years (1917)

90 Years (1928)

85 Years (1933)

80 Years (1938)

75 Years (1943)

70 Years (1948)

65 Years (1953)

60 Years (1958)

55 Years (1963)

50 Years (1968)

45 Years (1973)

40 Years (1978)

35 Years (1983)

30 Years (1988)

25 Years (1993)

20 Years (1998)

15 Years (2003)

10 Years (2008)

5 Years (2013)

 

SOURCE: Promote Michigan (est. 2004)

Updated January 7, 2018