180 years ago: MI got UP in exchange for Toledo

Michigan as seen from space on Nov. 15, 2015.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Wednesday marks the 180th anniversary for what some in Michigan would say is the ‘best deal ever.’

It’s the date Michigan received the Upper Peninsula in exchange for Toledo, Ohio.

In 1835, the Michigan territory battled Ohio over a strip of land in the Toledo War. Several hundred men on each side geared up for war during the standoff over the Toledo strip. Some shots were fired, but only one person was hurt and no one was killed.

Eventually, the federal government stepped in, and in what is known as the “Frost-bitten Convention.” Michigan was given the Upper Peninsula in exchange for the Toledo strip.

It’s known in Michigan that deal turned out to be a great trade-off. The U.P. has become a major tourist destination and financial asset with rich mineral deposits.