Climax in Kalamazoo County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
First Rural Free Delivery Carriers
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The first Congressional appropriation to try the experiment
This tablet erected by Michigan State Grange, 1917.
Monument Construction Committee: Frank L. Willison William H. Sheldon Simeon E. Ewing
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. Touch 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. 5½ miles away); The Kalamazoo Region (approx. 5.9 miles away); Barn Theatre (approx. 6.3 miles away); Park Theatre (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Climax.
Also see . . . Rural Free Delivery. From the United States Postal Service website. (Submitted on September 25, 2013.)
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