Donna Jurovcik, Elly Willis, Deborah Black, Fred Black, Thomas Behm, and Joann Gorkowski correctly answered Monroe, Michigan, a city named for the fifth President of the United States, as being the nearest large city to Michigan’s 42-foot-tall Uncle Sam statue that was one of three Uncle Sam statues. One of the others was sold on eBay and moved to Hatch, New Mexico, in 2006. Now, let’s see how you do with this Michigan Travel Trivia Question of the Month. Answer is due October 15, 2017.
Founded in a rural Michigan village in 1836, City Band today is one of the oldest continuously active community bands in the United States. The band, which traces its roots back to 1838, was first a brass band that performed at a bandstand in Monument Park. Performances are now held at the Trestle Park Amphitheater seen here. Trestle Park also boasts a popular pedestrian walkway, a bike path along a former railroad trestle, and the historic Croswell Opera House. The man who founded this city originally named it Logan. His wife, not happy with his choice, renamed the village after the Roman Emperor Hadrian. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, this city became known as the “fence capital of the world.” As one of the first fencing manufacturers in the world, fences were made in the village and then shipped as far away as New York, Berlin, Asia, and Africa. Between 1900 and 1912, the village became one of the world’s Motor Capitals. The first vehicle built here was the Lion. The Lion Motor Car was a big hit at the 1910 Chicago Automobile show and became an auto industry leader until a fire destroyed the plant, where they were built. The fire destroyed 200 cars and eventually put the car company out of business. Name this city that was once the focal point of an emerging auto industry that is located 15 miles from the Irish Hills. This city is the county seat of Lenawee County and home to so many maple tree species that it became known as “Maple City.” Among the notables who have connections to this city include talk show host Phil Donahue; Thomas M. Cooley, 25th Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court; Laura Smith Haviland, stationmaster on the Underground Railroad; and infamous robber, burglar, horse thief, and counterfeiter Sile Doty, a notorious bandit who stole from the rich to give to the poor. He continued his criminal career until his death at the home of his son in Reading, Michigan.
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