How long has the Mackinac Bridge been up and running which separates the Upper and Lower Michigan Peninsulas? The answer is, since1957.

That's about 65 years ago. I was only a one year old living on Lowcroft road, right here in Lansing.

Since then I've crossed the Mackinac bridge not only with my parents, but now my wife and kids at least close to 50 times. It's one of the most incredible scenic drives in Michigan.

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Would you believe that just this week, the 200 millionth vehicle crossed the Mackinac Bridge. How cool is that?

In fact, the family that crossed the bridge as the 200 millionth vehicle were on their way to beautiful Pictured Rocks in Munising, which is located in the Upper Peninsula.

And the family that crossed the Mackinac Bridge are known as the Dalman family, who hail from Tawas City.

The Dalman family had no idea about being the 200 millionth vehicle to drive across the Mackinac Bridge.

According to mlive.com:

Mackinac Bridge Authority Chairman Patrick “Shorty” Gleason, member Caroline Cheeseman, and MBA staff met the Dalmans outside on the toll plaza after they drove their 2021 Toyota Corolla hybrid through the booths, paying $4 cash in the northbound direction.

How impressive is this, Kurt Dalman, Anna Dalman, and their two children were quite shocked to learn about this historic milestone.

The Dalman family didn't walk away without receiving a few accolades.

This from mlive.com:

They presented the family a framed print of the Mackinac Bridge, while Amy Millard, executive director of the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce, and Lora Brown, executive director of the St. Ignace Visitors Bureau, gave them a gift basket full of local items.

Congratulations on being the 200 millionth vehicle to cross the Mackinac Bridge and have a great time at Pictured Rocks!

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