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Climax in Kalamazoo County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First Rural Free Delivery Carriers

 
 
First Rural Free Delivery Carriers Monument image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
1. First Rural Free Delivery Carriers Monument
(East and South Sides)
Inscription.

(Tablet facing East)
First rural free delivery carriers starting out from Climax post office. (From photo taken by Frank Hoogman)
This tablet erected by Michigan Rural Letter Carriers' Association, 1917.

(Tablet facing South)
     Climax was discovered by Col. John Mullet, a government surveyor, in November, 1825. The name was selected by Daniel B. Eldred, in May, 1831. The first permanent settlers were Judge Caleb Eldred and sons, who located on Section 3, in June, 1831.
     Nearly 300 farmers, who receive mail on the three rural routes out of Climax, have each contributed one stone from their farms to build this monument.
     These farmers, and the Climax Mens' Fellowship Club, have erected this tablet in appreciation of James H. Brown, who helped start rural free delivery in Michigan, and who designed and constructed this monument.
     Dedicated July 26, 1917.

(Tablet facing West)
The first rural free delivery in Michigan started here December 3, 1896. Aided by U.S. Senator Julius C. Burrows. Lewis A. Clark and Willis L. Lawrence first R.F.D. carriers.
This tablet erected by Kalamazoo and Calhoun County Chapters D.A.R. 1917.

(Tablet facing North)
The first Congressional appropriation to try the experiment
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By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
2. First Rural Free Delivery Carriers Monument
Tablets on monument (from top to bottom) on east, south, west, and north sides
of delivering mail to farmers' homes was secured through the strenuous efforts of the national and state Granges in 1896. The amount was 40,000.00 dollars.
This tablet erected by Michigan State Grange, 1917.
Monument Construction Committee: Frank L. Willison   William H. Sheldon   Simeon E. Ewing
 
Erected 1917.
 
Location. 42° 14.33′ N, 85° 20.164′ W. Marker is in Climax, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. Marker is on N. Main Street north of Maple Street, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in park next to the Lawrence Memorial Public Library and across from the Climax Town Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Climax MI 49034, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Climax World War II Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel B. Eldred House (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Rufus Shafter Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away); Congregational United Church of Christ (approx. 5.5 miles away); The Kalamazoo Region (approx. 5.9 miles away); Barn Theatre (approx. 6.3 miles away); Park Theatre (approx. 6.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Climax.
 
Also see . . .
First Rural Free Delivery Carriers Monument image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
3. First Rural Free Delivery Carriers Monument
(West and North Sides)
 Rural Free Delivery. From the United States Postal Service website. (Submitted on September 25, 2013.) 
 
Categories. Communications
 
Centennial Tablet at Base of Monument image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
4. Centennial Tablet at Base of Monument
"The experiment proves true---connecting
Communities to the world."
1896 - 1996
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By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
5. First Rural Free Delivery Carriers Monument
View to south along Main Street
 
 
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