As posted here long ago, every day to work involves a trip down a certain two-lane road past old farmhouses and other historic properties. More recently, on a historic home tour, one of those houses was opened to the public. Lo and behold, the structure was built by Esek Pray (what a name!), delegate to the "Frostbitten Convention" of December 1836 that acted to approve the necessary step for Michigan to become the 26th State. Amazing 'coincidence' that commuting to work takes one by the house of a person from 176 years ago who helped launch this community into the Union. Closer to work, a State Historical Marker in front of the Washtenaw County building on Huron in Ann Arbor marks the event.
In just a few minutes, Michigan will turn 176 years old, it having been admitted to the United States of America on January 26, 1837. Happy Birthday, Great Lake State!