From Mining To Advanced Electrical Repairs: Michigan’s Electrical History

Michigan is a modern city that has, almost in each family, a bloodline that began from mining and industry. The city continues to prosper in its respective industries as an auto, electricity and technologically focused city.

Michigan’s focus on technology began as the local government capitalized on its local resource, mineral elements found through mining. For almost a century, the rest of Michigan depended on excavating its primary resource and trading with different cities for other resources before new advancements came to the city.

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Mining As A Primary Industry

Michigan began its mining legacy after American colonialists found copper in the mining pits of Native Americans. The natives used the copper to create arrowheads and other weapons it used against the colonialists in the early 19th century.

Through propaganda of mineral riches, a fact-finding mission by prospectors halfway into the 19th century saw the establishment of Copper County, paving the way for mining businesses to operate with investment from local and overseas benefactors. Companies vastly used immigrants for mining.

Electricity And The Age Of Electrical Repairs

Thomas Edison, the legendary innovator, and entrepreneur has established his own electric plant in Detroit known as the Detroit Edison, which helped power Michigan during the early 20th century. By planting his brand on Detroit, Edison helped capitalize on the oil and gas mines discovered in the 1860s.

As oil and gas prospectors entered and drilled into the area of Port Huron for small oil wells and further expanded, Michigan’s industry diversified from mining and lumberjacking into oil and electricity production, which grew the population of Michigan electricians during the time.

The Auto Industry And The Second World War

Oil helped power Michigan and improved its pre-existing mining and lumberjacking industries. It was during the peak of the industrial age when Thomas Edison met a young Henry Ford, who was introduced by former Detroit Edison manager Alex Dow. Ford created the world’s first gas-powered engine, which Edison praised in a succinct but positive manner.

It was during the early 1900s when Michigan saw the Ford Motor Company and the Olds Motor Vehicle Company. Buick’s vehicle factories also established themselves during this time.

During the Second World War, Detroit would become the biggest armory of America, producing thousands of jeeps, tanks, and guns through improvements in mass production technologies.

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From Michigan Mining School To Michigan Tech University

Michigan’s primary school set its sights on mining rather than anything else. The Michigan Mining School only had four faculty members and twenty-three students during the late 19th century. As the educational population grew in number and purpose, the Mining School rebranded as the Michigan College of Mines by the end of the 19th century.

As it grew in specializations, faculty, and students, the Michigan College Of Mining And Technology in 1927 took in hundreds of students.

Today, as Michigan’s degrees expanded with its different industries, it is now known as the Michigan Technological University.

Michigan’s Heavy Industry

Michigan’s industry of factory manufacturing from automobiles to advanced mining had depended on its stepping-stones for its development: the early entrepreneurs and discoverers of its age.

Electricians, manufacturers, industry specialists and other occupations continue to thrive in the state, which has a city known for automobile production or “The Motor City” and had once been the center of the entire global industry.