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Great Lakes State

Michigan State Nickname

The U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter for Michigan features the state outline within the Great Lakes system and Michigan's nickname: "Great Lakes State." Michigan became the 26th state in 1837. Public domain image on Wikipedia.

State Nicknames for Michigan

Michigan's traditional nickname is "The Wolverine State." There are many theories as to how Michigan came to have this nickname. The wolverine has a reputation as having "a vicious disposition and destructive capabilities." All State Nicknames

Today Michigan is often called "The Great Lakes State" (this nickname is featured on the U.S. Mint's bicentennial commemorative quarter for Michigan). Michigan is also called "Water Wonderland" (it's the only state that touches four of the five Great Lakes). Michigan borders Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Huron, and Lake Erie. Lake Ontario is the only Great Lake that Michigan does not touch.