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12 Things That Wouldn’t Exist If It Weren’t For Michigan

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3. Baby Food

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We don't know what babies ate before baby food. Thankfully in 1928, Daniel Frank Gerber, Jr. took his father's modest Fremont Canning Company — that's Fremont, Michiganto new success when he introduced Gerber's Baby Food. Familiar, right?

7. Boeing Aircraft (CC BY-SA http://2.0) / Via Flickr: francoisroche

This holiday season, chances are you'll find yourself on a Boeing airliner. The company started when William Boeing of Detroit took a ride "aboard a rickety airplane in 1915 in Seattle," and thought he could do a better job. Spoiler alert: he did.

10. Hospital Beds


Inventor of such things as "the turning frame, the cast cutting saw, a rubber heel for walking casts, [and] an oscillating bone saw," Dr. Homer Stryker was beloved by Kalamazoo. His most famous invention was the patient-operated Circo-Letric Bed.

12. And oh yeah, THE CAR

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Born just outside Dearborn, Henry Ford "revolutionized assembly-line modes of production for the automobile." Ford's Model T, the world's first affordable car, debuted in Detroit in 1908 and would continue to be manufactured until 1927.

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