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Higgins Lake in Roscommon county, Michigan, was known to the Chippewa people as Majinabeesh ("sparkling water"). On the same day (26 January 1837) that Michigan was admitted to the US as a state, a bill was introduced and approved in the state legislature to conduct a geological survey, primarily to secure supplies of salt. A year later the survey was divided into geological and mineralogical, zoological, botanical, and topographical departments, and the lake was eventually renamed for Sylvester Higgins, the first chief of the topographical department.
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