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

Lincoln at Kalamazoo

 
 
Lincoln at Kalamazoo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Al Barrera
1. Lincoln at Kalamazoo Marker
Inscription.  On August 27, 1856, here in this park, Abraham Lincoln, then an obscure lawyer, spoke to a rally for John Frémont, the Republican presidential nominee. This was the only time that Lincoln addressed an audience in Michigan. The event was almost unnoticed in the press. Some Republicans felt the speaker was too conservative on the antislavery issue. Four years later Michigan's vote helped put Lincoln into the White House.
 
Erected 1957 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number 44.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Abolition & Underground RR. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the Michigan Historical Commission series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
 
Location. 42° 17.397′ N, 85° 35.208′ W. Marker is in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West South Street and South Park Street (Michigan Highway 331), on the left when traveling east. Marker is located at the southwest corner
Lincoln at Kalamazoo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
2. Lincoln at Kalamazoo Marker
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of Bronson Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kalamazoo MI 49007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First United Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); First Women's Club in Michigan (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memoriam U.S.S Maine (about 400 feet away); Spanish War Veterans Monument (about 400 feet away); Lincoln's August 1856 Speech in Kalamazoo (about 400 feet away); First Baptist Church (about 600 feet away); South Street Historic District (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kalamazoo Gazette (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalamazoo.
 
Lincoln at Kalamazoo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
3. Lincoln at Kalamazoo Marker
Located at the southwest corner of Bronson Parker
Lincoln at Kalamazoo Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
4. Lincoln at Kalamazoo Marker
View to northeast towards plaza in Bronson Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 22, 2010, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan. This page has been viewed 1,365 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 22, 2010, by Al Barrera of Brownstown, Michigan.   2, 3, 4. submitted on June 16, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Location and readable picture of the boulder with Lincoln speech marker. • Location and readable picture of the USS Maine Memorial and Spanish American War (The Hiker) markers in this park. • Can you help?

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Dec. 1, 2021