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

DeLano Homestead

 
 
DeLano Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
1. DeLano Homestead Marker
Inscription. William Smith DeLano (1819-1901) was a southwestern Michigan pioneer settler. He built this modest Greek Revival style house in 1858. A native of western New York State, DeLano came to the area with an uncle in 1837. He first worked clearing farms for neighbors. In 1843, at the age of twenty-three, he purchased forty acres and began the family farmstead. By 1854 DeLano owned over one hundred acres; by 1880 he had 235 acres. Over the years, DeLano's sons continued to purchase neighboring lands. The family eventually acquired over six hundred acres. Members of the family lived on the farm until 1963. For several years afterwards, the house was neglected. In 1968 the Kalamazoo Nature Center acquired the structure and most of the original DeLano farm. The farmhouse was restored and opened to the public in 1975.
 
Erected 1982 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number L432.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 21.715′ N, 85° 35.857′ W. Marker is near Cooper Township, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. Marker is on W. E Avenue 0.3 miles west of N. Westnedge Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map
DeLano Homestead Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
2. DeLano Homestead Marker
View to south from W. E Avenue
. The marker and farmhouse can be reached by a short trail from the nearby Kalamazoo Nature Center parking lot; the driveway to the parking lot is on the south side of the road 0.1 miles west of the marker. Marker is at or near this postal address: 555 W. E Avenue, Kalamazoo MI 49009, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cooper Congregational Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Kalamazoo Region (approx. 3.1 miles away); Stuart Neighborhood (approx. 4.7 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 5 miles away); Spanish War Veterans Monument (approx. 5 miles away); In Memoriam U.S.S Maine (approx. 5 miles away); South Street Historic District (approx. 5 miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureEnvironment
 
DeLano Farmhouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
3. DeLano Farmhouse
DeLano Farmhouse in the Early 1970s image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
4. DeLano Farmhouse in the Early 1970s
A then and now photo exhibit near the marker that shows the farmhouse prior to its rehabilitation in 1975
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 26, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 296 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 26, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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