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The Michigan state capital is Lansing.
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The population of Bridgman is approximately 2291 (2010).
The amount of land area in Bridgman is 7.583 sq. kilometers.
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Like any form of speech, Bridgmantawk is a result of influences brought by the people who came and settled here over the past 150 years. The first white settlers arrived in the 1850's and were mostly from Massachusetts and New York State, and they brought their mid-19th century colloquialisms with them; they were predominately of English ancestry. They came to harvest the vast timber reserves and set up a saw mill close to the present-day intersection of Red Arrow Highway and Lake Street. By about 1875 most of the good virgin-growth timber had been cut (a large portion was shipped to rebuild Chicago after the big fire) so the inhabitants were forced to turn to other means of livelihood. The swamps were drained, the land was cleared and farming became the principal occupation. In 1869 the railroad came through about 1/2 mile east of the original settlement and the business district grew up around it. In addition to the farmers, a merchant class began to evolve. The farmers were beginning to specialize in fruit trees and other nursery stock, which they were now able to ship by rail to other parts of the country, and several of the original old line families began to prosper: The Baldwins, Bridgmans, and later the Ackermans, Whittens, Westons and Chauncys pretty much dominated the farming and mercantile community. These families were still predominately first & second generation Massachusetts-New York Staters of English ancestry, and their manner of speech reflected it. Then, beginning about 1890 through about 1920, a huge wave of German settlers descended on the area: Hard-working, thrifty, church-going farmers - mostly Lutheran, and their first language was German. Some of the names, still prominent today: Krieger, Ott, Stelter, Nehring, Essig, Barfelz, Nemitz, Reck, Weber, Gitersonke, Heyn, Macholz, Keller... and many, many more. In any case, this influx of German-speaking people changed forever the way English would be spoken around here, not so much the words themselves, (though you'll still hear a lot more jah's than yes's) but the way the words and sentences are constructed and expressed. As a quick example, here's how a typical non-Bridgman midwesterner would articulate the following thought: "We are going to spend the Christmas Holiday at my mother's house." Now, here's how my wife, a Bridgmanite, would express the same thought: "We're goin' by mom's for Christmas." It cuts right to the chase; everybody knows exactly what she means, yet she expressed it in six rather than twelve words.
To see more "Bridgmantawk, click on Bridgman Miscellany.
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