“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Kalamazoo in Kalamazoo County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

The Kalamazoo Region

The Kalamazoo Region Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
1. The Kalamazoo Region Marker
Inscription. Kalamazoo is an Indian word said to mean "boiling water." Originally it was applied to the river that flows northwesterly to Lake Michigan. A trickle of settlers in the late 1820's became a torrent in the 1830's as the region's fertile prairies, oak openings, bottom lands, and ample sources of water power became known. The village of Bronson, founded in 1829 by Titus Bronson, is now the city of Kalamazoo. Here Lincoln made his only known Michigan speech. J. Fenimore Cooper wrote about the area in Oak Openings. Kalamazoo College, founded in 1833, Nazareth College (1897), and Western Michigan University (1903) are here. Once famous for its celery and its stoves, Kalamazoo is now known for many products including paper and drugs. The nation's first permanent pedestrian mall was opened in the downtown section in 1959.
Erected 1964 by Michigan Historical Commission and Kiwanis Club of Kalamazoo. (Marker Number 222.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 42° 21.362′ N, 85° 39.476′ W. Marker is near Kalamazoo, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 131 at milepost 43, on the right when traveling south
The Kalamazoo Region Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
2. The Kalamazoo Region Marker
Located on a median between the car parking and truck parking lots
. Click for map. Marker is located at a rest area on the US 131 southbound lanes approximately 1 1/4 mile south of Exit 44 (W. D Avenue). Marker can only be accessed from the southbound lanes of the freeway. Marker is in this post office area: Kalamazoo MI 49009, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cooper Congregational Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); DeLano Homestead (approx. 3.1 miles away); Stuart Neighborhood (approx. 5.4 miles away); South Street Historic District (approx. 5.7 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 5.8 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 5.8 miles away); Lincoln at Kalamazoo (approx. 5.8 miles away); Spanish War Veterans Monument (approx. 5.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Kalamazoo.
Also see . . .  The History of Kalamazoo MI. From the website. (Submitted on September 25, 2013.) 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 255 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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