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Iron and Steel Products Exhibit in Growth of Manufacturing Gallery Mining and lumbering, industries based on the extraction of natural resources from the land, were the foundation of Michigan's growth during the 19th century. These natural resources and profits from those industries would provide the basis of the state's next growth spurt—manufacturing.

Michigan became a national leader in the manufacture of iron and steel products. Grand Rapids' reputation grew as a furniture-maker. Battle Creek became the home of the breakfast cereal. Flint, Pontiac and Detroit built carriages. Improving rail and water transportation systems aided industrial growth.

Visit an exhibit in the Michigan Historical Museum's Growth of Manufacturing gallery:

* The Carriage Makers

* Cereal and Consumer Goods

* Furniture Cities

* Iron and Steel Products

* Roads, Rails and Waterways

Go to Kids' Stuff and Teachers' Stuff for the Growth of Manufacturing gallery.

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