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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kalamazoo County, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Kalamazoo County, Michigan and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Kalamazoo County, MI (79) Allegan County, MI (52) Barry County, MI (15) Branch County, MI (78) Calhoun County, MI (117) Cass County, MI (39) St. Joseph County, MI (45) Van Buren County, MI (65)  KalamazooCounty(79) Kalamazoo County (79)  AlleganCounty(52) Allegan County (52)  BarryCounty(15) Barry County (15)  BranchCounty(78) Branch County (78)  CalhounCounty(117) Calhoun County (117)  CassCounty(39) Cass County (39)  St.JosephCounty(45) St. Joseph County (45)  VanBurenCounty(65) Van Buren County (65)
Kalamazoo is the county seat for Kalamazoo County
Adjacent to Kalamazoo County, Michigan
      Allegan County (52)  
      Barry County (15)  
      Branch County (78)  
      Calhoun County (117)  
      Cass County (39)  
      St. Joseph County (45)  
      Van Buren County (65)  
 
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1Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Augusta — L1107 — Barn Theatre
Near West M-96 (State Highway 96) 0.5 miles west of G Avenue East, on the right when traveling west.
The Barn Theatre, originally constructed in 1943 by Robert M. Cook as a dairy barn, is the home of Michigan's oldest resident summer stock theatre. Such theatres use a group of actors who perform consecutive productions of different shows. Founded . . . Map (db m44945) HM
2Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Augusta — Casey McKay
On East Michigan Avenue near Wayne Terberg Drive, on the left when traveling west.
In Memoriam Pioneer Casey McKay, great grandfather of George C. McKay, settle here with his family in 1834. He and his son Chauncey, grandfather of the donor, erected the original portions of the community church and grist mill, also many other . . . Map (db m190185) HM
3Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Augusta — German Prisoners of War
On Chippewa Way near Fort Custer Drive, on the right when traveling west.
From 1943 to 1946, Fort Custer housed German prisoners of war. A truck/train collision resulted in the deaths of some of the 26 German soldiers buried here. Others died of natural causes. Since 1953, German American communities and veterans . . . Map (db m190183) HM
4Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Augusta — In Memory
On Chippewa Way near Fort Custer Drive, on the left when traveling west.
In Memory The markers in this memorial area honor Veterans whose remains have not been recovered or identified, were buried at sea, donated to science, or cremated and the ashes scattered.Map (db m190184) WM
5Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Augusta — L2060 — Park Theatre
On East Clinton Street east of South Webster Street, on the right when traveling east.
Built in 1949 by D. Eli and Dorothy Frank, this was one of the last single-screen theaters built in Kalamazoo County. The Art Moderne-inspired structure is a Quonset hut attached to a masonry lobby. Eli and Dorothy also operated a theater in . . . Map (db m68816) HM
6Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Augusta — Welcome to the W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
Near East C Avenue, 0.3 miles west of North 40th Street.
What is a sanctuary? And why do birds need one? A sanctuary is a protected place for animals to feed, nest, and live. Many birds find a sanctuary in backyards and local parks. Finches flock to feeders. Cardinals in bright red feathers chirp . . . Map (db m133846) HM
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7Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Climax — Climax Veterans Memorial
On North Main Street near West Maple Street, on the right when traveling south.
Erected In Honor Of The Brave Men And Women Of Climax And Vicinity Who Helped Preserve Us A Free NationMap (db m190189) WM
8Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Climax — Climax World War II Memorial
Near N. Main Street north of Maple Street, on the left when traveling north.
In memoriam World War II Max Bailey    Loyd Puffer Amos Force    Wesley Simmonds Wilford Gibson    Carrol Smoke Dallas Malone    Fred TrubyMap (db m68800) WM
9Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Climax — L1681B — Daniel B. Eldred House
On E. Maple Street east of Sheldon Street, on the right when traveling east.
In 1835, New York native Daniel B. Eldred built this house, which is believed to be the earliest frame dwelling in Climax. Eldred's house, with its delicate Federal entrance, was the site of the first Climax Township meeting in 1838. Eldred first . . . Map (db m68801) HM
10Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Climax — L1106 — Festus Hall House
On South Main Street near West Maple Street, on the right when traveling south.
Festus Hall House Built in 1848Map (db m190179) HM
11Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Climax — First Rural Free Delivery Carriers
On N. Main Street north of Maple Street, on the left when traveling north.
(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 . . . Map (db m68799) HM
12Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Climax — The Climax Crescent Newspaper1912-2012 — 100th Year Anniversary —
On North Main Street at Cherry Street, on the right when traveling north on North Main Street.
Herbert Smith first arrived in Climax, Michigan in August of 1912 after trading some Paw Paw property he had for a newspaper business in Climax. The first issue of The Climax Crescent was published October 18, 1912 in the Ide building located . . . Map (db m190188) HM
13Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Cooper Township — L1445B — Cooper Congregational Church
Near Douglas Avenue north of W. D Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
(Side One) In 1843 the Reverends Mason Knappen and Ova Hoyt organized the Cooper Congregational Church with families from New York and Vermont. Church founders included Laura Blanchard, John and Betsy Borden, Mace, Nancy and John Borden, . . . Map (db m68817) HM
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14Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Cooper Township — L432 — DeLano Homestead
On W. E Avenue, 0.3 miles west of N. Westnedge Avenue, on the left when traveling west.
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 . . . Map (db m68820) HM
15Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Galesburg — L767 — Congregational United Church of Christ
On South Church Street at West Battle Creek Street, on the right when traveling south on South Church Street.
This congregation has held services continually since 1832. In 1852 it was formally organized as an offshoot of the First Presbyterian Church of nearby Comstock. Later that year the church's name was changed to the First Congregational Church. It . . . Map (db m68813) HM
16Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Galesburg — S222b — The Kalamazoo Region
Near Interstate 94 at milepost 84, in the median.
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 . . . Map (db m68803) HM
17Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Galesburg — U.S.S. Maine Memorial
On E. Battle Creek Street (State Highway 96) at E. Michigan Avenue, on the right when traveling east on E. Battle Creek Street.
In Memoriam U.S.S. Maine Destroyed in Havana Harbor February 15th 1898 This tablet is cast from metal recovered from the U.S.S. MaineMap (db m68811) WM
18Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Galesburg — William Rufus Shafter Memorial
On E. Battle Creek Street (State Highway 96) at E. Michigan Avenue, on the right when traveling east on E. Battle Creek Street.
(Left Side Tablet) William Rufus Shafter A Michigan solider whose valorous conduct in the Rebellion, in the Indian Wars and in the Spanish-American War, added glory to the military annals of the United States. Born in this . . . Map (db m68812) HM WM
19Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Hickory Corners — S605A — W.K. Kellogg HouseRegistered Michigan Historic Site
Near E. Gull Lake Drive north of E. B Avenue, on the left when traveling north.
W.K. Kellogg (1860-1951) founded the Toasted Corn Flake Company of Battle Creek in 1906. In 1925, Kellogg and his second wife, Dr. Carrie Staines, a physician at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, commissioned Benjamin and Benjamin of Grand Rapids to . . . Map (db m68818) HM
20Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — 25th Michigan Volunteer Infantry
On Egleston Avenue east of Race Street, in the median.
This stone, placed here October 1923, by the surviving members of the Twenty-fifth Michigan Volunteer Infantry who served m the Civil War, marks the spot where this regiment first went into camp, September 1, 1862, was mustered into the service of . . . Map (db m190209) HM WM
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21Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L488 — A.U.V. Auditorium
On Portage Street near East Michigan Avenue (Business Highway 94), on the left when traveling south.
Completed in 1898, this huge building, with its elegant ballroom, replaced the old hall of the German Workingmen’s Benevolent Association or Arbeiter Unterstützungs Verein (A.U.V.). Organized in Kalamazoo in 1866, this association offered . . . Map (db m190216) HM
22Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — Art Deco
On East Michigan Avenue (Business Interstate 94) at South Kalamazoo Mall, on the left when traveling west on East Michigan Avenue.
Art Deco (north side) Art Deco architecture marks the bold transition from classic revival to modernism, emphasizing straight lines, mass production, geometric spaces, metal, concrete and stone. Early Art Deco retains the . . . Map (db m204113) HM
23Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — Burdick Street
On West Michigan Avenue (Business Interstate 94) at South Kalamazoo Mall, on the left when traveling west on West Michigan Avenue.
Burdick Street—1900 (west side) Streetcars carry workers and shoppers past grocers, butchers, dress shops, restaurants, saloons, banks, cigar stores, City Hall and the post office. Horses pulling buggies crowd the brick . . . Map (db m204000) HM
24Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — Button-Jannasch Building
On East Michigan Avenue (Business Highway 94) near Portage Street, on the right when traveling east.
Button-Jannasch Building Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior 1869Map (db m190211) HM
25Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — S462 — David S. Walbridge
On South Kalamazoo Mall near East South Street, on the left when traveling south.
Born in Vermont in 1802, David S. Walbridge became one of Kalamazoo’s most distinguished citizens. He moved here in the early 1840s and was a founding member of the First Presbyterian Church. Active in the business community, Walbridge set up a . . . Map (db m208345) HM
26Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L2203 — Edward Israel Arctic Pioneer
On West Main Street near Monroe Street, on the right when traveling west.
Near here is the grave of Edward Israel who went on the nation’s first polar expedition, led by Lieutenant Adolphus W. Greely. The team set out in 1881 for Ellesmere Island in the Arctic Ocean. Expedition scientist was Israel of Kalamazoo, age 22, a . . . Map (db m211297) HM
27Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — S569 — Epaphroditus Ransom
On S. Burdick Street near W. Cedar Street, on the right when traveling north.
The only resident of Kalamazoo to be elected governor of Michigan during its first 150 years, Epaphroditus Ransom lived and farmed on this site. Born in Massachusetts in 1796, Ransom came to Michigan in 1834. An attorney, he soon became the area’s . . . Map (db m74527) HM
28Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L338 — First Baptist Church
On West Michigan Avenue at South Church Street, on the right when traveling east on West Michigan Avenue.
Constructed in 1853, this is the oldest church building in Kalamazoo. Titus Bronson, the city’s founder, donated this site on Church Square. The Baptist faith reached the Kalamazoo River Valley in 1826 when missionary Leonard Slater preached to . . . Map (db m74522) HM
29Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L1528 — First United Methodist Church
On South Park Street (State Highway 331) north of West South Street, on the right when traveling south.
In 1830 the Reverend James T. Robe, a young Methodist circuit rider, delivered the first sermon in the village of Bronson, later Kalamazoo, at the home of the town’s founder, Titus Bronson. After his appointment to the Kalamazoo Mission in 1832, . . . Map (db m74489) HM
30Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — 221 — First Women's Club in Michigan
Near S. Park Street (State Highway 331) north of W. Lovell Street, on the right when traveling north.
This building, completed in 1879, is the first in the nation erected for the use of a women’s club. The Ladies’ Library Association, organized in January, 1852, grew out of a reading club started in 1844. It was the first women’s club in Michigan . . . Map (db m74487) HM
31Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — Firsts
On West Michigan Avenue (Business Interstate 94) at South Kalamazoo Mall, on the right when traveling west on West Michigan Avenue.
A Place of Firsts (east side) The northeast corner of Rose and Michigan looms large in Kalamzoo's pioneer saga. It was here that Hosea Huston built the town's first frame structure and store, in 1831. Pioneer physician Jonathan . . . Map (db m203997) HM
32Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L245A — Harris Family
On Parkview Avenue at 11th Street, on the right when traveling east on Parkview Avenue.
Among the earliest pioneers of Oshtemo Township was a Black family, that of Enoch and Deborah Harris. Born in the East in the late 1700's, they settled in the Ohio wilderness about 1810. Moving westward with the advancing frontier, they claimed land . . . Map (db m23059) HM
33Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L2098 — Haymarket Historic District
On East Michigan Avenue (Business Interstate 94) near South Kalamazoo Mall, on the left when traveling east.
Development began in the Haymarket district as early as the 1830s and was spurred by the construction of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Depot in 1870. The district became a hub for retail, wholesaling and light manufacturing. It was the . . . Map (db m190213) HM
34Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L2098 — Haymarket Historic District
On East Michigan Avenue (Business Interstate 94) near South Edwards Street, on the right when traveling east.
Development began in the Haymarket district as early as the 1830s and was spurred by the construction of the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Depot in 1870. The district became a hub for retail, wholesaling and light manufacturing. It was the . . . Map (db m190214) HM
35Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L2104 — Henderson Park West Main Hill Historic District
On Monroe Street at Grand Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Monroe Street.
Frank Henderson, a Kalamazoo military regalia manaufacturer, platted the Henderson park neighborhood in 1888. Taking advantage of the topography, Henderson rejected a typical grid pattern in favor of curving, tree lined streets and deep setbacks . . . Map (db m191500) HM
36Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — In Memoriam U.S.S Maine
Near West South Street at Saint John Place, on the left when traveling east.
Upper Plaque: In Memoriam U.S.S. Maine Destroyed in Havana Harbor February 15th, 1898 This tablet is cast from metal recovered from the U.S.S. Maine Lower Plaque: Tablet secured for Richard Westnedge Camp No-16, . . . Map (db m30387) HM
37Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — S46 — Indian Fields
Near East Milham Avenue near Mastenbrook Drive.
This locality, known as Indian Fields, was the site of a large Potawatomie village. The tract included about four square miles. The early white settlers found here fine examples of the famed garden beds. A short distance southwest of this terminal a . . . Map (db m190193) HM
38Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — Kalamazoo 9/11 Memorial
On South Rose Street at Academy Street, on the left when traveling north on South Rose Street.
Through blurred eyes we find the strength and courage to soar beyond the moment. We look to the future knowing we can never forget the past. In memory of our valiant friends who perished on September 11, 2001 From the residents of . . . Map (db m190629) WM
39Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — 133 — Kalamazoo Celery
On S. Park Street (State Highway 331) at Balch Street, on the right when traveling north on S. Park Street.
A Scotsman, named Taylor, grew the first celery in Kalamazoo in 1856. Diners at the Burdick Hotel regarded it with curiosity. Cornelius De Bruyn, a gardener, who came here from The Netherlands in 1866, developed the modern type of celery from the . . . Map (db m74486) HM
40Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — S101 — Kalamazoo College
On S. Westnedge Avenue (State Highway 331) at W. Walnut Street, on the left when traveling south on S. Westnedge Avenue.
The first classroom building for the Michigan and Huron Institute, now Kalamazoo College, was erected on this site between June and September of 1836. The charter bill for the school had been introduced in the Michigan Territorial Legislative . . . Map (db m74525) HM
41Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — Kalamazoo Disabled Veterans Memorial
On Academy Street at South Rose Street, on the right when traveling west on Academy Street.
As America loves her liberty, so will she honor her patriots who risked their lives and spilled their blood to keep her free. This memorial is dedicated to Kalamazoo County disabled veterans of all of the American Wars. June 14, 1985 May the . . . Map (db m190620) WM
42Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L1399 — Kalamazoo Gazette
On S. Burdick Street at E. Lovell Street, on the right when traveling north on S. Burdick Street.
Founded in 1833 as the weekly Michigan Statesman and St. Joseph Chronicle, this newspaper, edited by Henry Gilbert, followed the United States Land Office when it moved from White Pigeon to Kalamazoo in 1835. It first appeared as the . . . Map (db m74528) HM
43Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — Kalamazoo Korean War Memorial
On South Rose Street at West South Street, on the left when traveling north on South Rose Street.
In tribute to the men and women from the Kalamazoo area who served in the armed forces during the Korean War. June 25, 1950 through July 27, 1953 "Greater love has no man than this," that a man lay down his life for his friends. In honor of . . . Map (db m190223) WM
44Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — S153 — Kalamazoo School Case
On South Westnedge Avenue (State Highway 331) at West Vine Street, on the right when traveling south on South Westnedge Avenue.
Near here, in 1858, Kalamazoo's first high school was opened. Fifteen years later the right of the school board to levy taxes to support a high school was challenged. A unanimous decision of the Michigan Supreme Court, rendered by Justice Thomas M. . . . Map (db m193020) HM
45Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — Kalamazoo Vietnam War Memorial
On South Rose Street at Academy Street, on the left when traveling north on South Rose Street.
In honor of those who were killed, prisoners of war & missing in action in the Vietnam War, may their sacrifices be forever remembered Map (db m190633) WM
46Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — 44 — Lincoln at Kalamazoo
Near West South Street at South Park Street (Michigan Highway 331), on the left when traveling east.
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 . . . Map (db m26760) HM
47Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — Lincoln's August 1856 Speech in Kalamazoo1861 - 1865
Near West South Street near South Rose Street, on the left when traveling east.
This tablet is placed here by Sarah E. Fuller - Tent No. 8 Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Dept. of Michigan. In memory of Orcutt Post No. 79 Kalamazoo Dept. Of Mich. Grand Army of the Republic, the veterans of the Civil War. . . . Map (db m30396) HM WM
48Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — S664 — Michigan State Grange / Women in the Michigan Grange
On West Water Street at North Kalamazoo Mall, on the right when traveling west on West Water Street.
Michigan State Grange Organized in 1873, the Michigan State Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry held its first annual meeting in January 1874 at Allen’s Hall, which once stood on this site. The Michigan Grange grew rapidly with over six . . . Map (db m190215) HM
49Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L10 — Pioneer Cemetery
Near S. Westnedge Avenue (State Highway 331) at Park Place, on the right when traveling south.
South Westnedge Street Park is actually Kalamazoo’s first cemetery. The pioneer leader, Cyren Burdick, and his wife Mary Ann in 1833 donated this land as a common burial ground. From this time until 1862 hundreds of pioneer settlers were buried here . . . Map (db m74526) HM
50Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — Riverside Cemetery Veterans Memorial
Near Gull Road (State Highway 343) near Riverview Drive.
These gardens are dedicated as a living tribute to the members of our military forces whose service during their country's armed conflicts have played such a gallant part in the struggle to defend, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." May . . . Map (db m190210) WM
51Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L206 — South Street Historic DistrictRegistered Michigan Historic Site
On W. South Street west of S. Westnedge Avenue (Michigan Highway 331), on the right when traveling west.
This tree-lined neighborhood, today nestled between the business district and college campuses, recalls a quiet but prosperous Kalamazoo at the turn of the century. The street was platted in 1841. Its beautifully preserved houses, which were . . . Map (db m74523) HM
52Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — Spanish War Veterans Monument1898-1902
On South Rose Street at Academy Street, on the right when traveling south on South Rose Street.
Erected by the citizens of Kalamazoo city and county to commemorate the valor and patriotism of those who served in the war with Spain, the Philippine insurrection, and the China relief expedition. Dedicated May 30th, A.D. 1924 under the auspices . . . Map (db m30386) HM
53Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L565A — Stuart Neighborhood
On Stuart Avenue near West North Avenue, on the right when traveling north.
Homes of this neighborhood reflect the individuality and at times the economic status of their original owners. These homes, designed in the architectural styles of the mid and late nineteenth century, range from the fashionable Queen Anne, most . . . Map (db m191501) HM
54Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L565B — Stuart Neighborhood
On West Main Street at Woodward Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West Main Street.
Charles Stuart, politician and lawyer, initiated this residential area with the building of his Italianate house in 1858. Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas visited the Stuart home, which was one of the first on the west edge of the village of . . . Map (db m191502) HM
55Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L565c — Stuart Neighborhood
On West Kalamazoo Avenue (State Highway 43) at Elm Street, on the right when traveling west on West Kalamazoo Avenue.
Wealthy merchants and businessmen, seeking an escape from the hurried life of downtown living, built this prosperous neighborhood in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Movement to the suburbs gained in popularity after the 1850s, but lack of . . . Map (db m64116) HM
56Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — 40 — The Kalamazoo Case: Establishing High School for AllMichigan Legal Milestone
On West Michigan Avenue (Business Highway 94) at South Rose Street, on the right when traveling east on West Michigan Avenue.
In 1858, the citizens of Kalamazoo extended free public education beyond the elementary level when they used tax money to construct Kalamazoo Union High School and to fund both elementary and secondary studies. In i873, several . . . Map (db m192982) HM
57Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — S222c — The Kalamazoo Region
On U.S. 131 at milepost 43, on the right when traveling south.
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 . . . Map (db m68804) HM
58Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L1000 — The Peninsula Building
On Portage Street near East Michigan Avenue (Business Interstate 94), on the right when traveling north.
Originally designed for the Peninsula Restaurant, this three-story brick structure was built by Nicholas Baumann in 1874. The elegant ethnic restaurant gave way to the Franklin and Folz clothing store in 1884. After Franklin and Folz moved in 1924, . . . Map (db m190212) HM
59Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — L57 — The Stuart House
On Stuart Avenue near West Kalamazoo Avenue, on the right when traveling south.
This historic house was built in 1858 for United States Senator Charles E. Stuart. As one of the leading lawyers and Democratic politicians of his day, Stuart naturally desired a house befitting his position. Thus it included tile and marble from . . . Map (db m191503) HM
60Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — S582 — The Upjohn Company / William E. Upjohn
On South Kalamazoo Mall, 0.1 miles north of East South Street, on the left when traveling south.
The Upjohn Pill & Granule Company was founded on this site in 1886 by Dr. William E. Upjohn and his three brothers — Dr. Henry U., Frederick L., and Dr. James T. Upjohn. The pill-making factory began in the basement of a commercial block, where the . . . Map (db m191504) HM
61Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — Transportation
On East Michigan Avenue (Business Interstate 94) at South Kalamazoo Mall, on the right when traveling west on East Michigan Avenue.
Railroads (north side) The Michigan Central Railroad whistled into Kalamazoo in 1846, linking it with critical eastern markets. The Lake Shore (1867) and Grand Rapids & Indiana (1870) then arrived from the south. Another line . . . Map (db m203985) HM
62Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Kalamazoo — 117 — Western Michigan University
On West Michigan Avenue at Archer Drive, on the right when traveling west on West Michigan Avenue.
Established by legislative act in 1903 as Western State Normal School, the first classes were held in 1904. The first permanent building, completed in 1905, overlooked the city from Prospect Hill. By the 1920's Western had become one of America’s . . . Map (db m191505) HM
63Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Parchment — L2322 — Kindleberger Park
On Maple Street at Park Drive, on the right when traveling north on Maple Street.
On July 28, 1930, Jacob and Lucinda Kindleberger donated thirty-eight acres of land to create a park for the recently founded village of Parchment. “Uncle Jake” Kindleberger was president of a paper mill, the Kalamazoo Vegetable Parchment Company . . . Map (db m191469) HM
64Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Portage — Central Cemetery Veterans Memorial
Near Library Lane near South Westnedge Avenue.
This memorial is erected in honored memory of our sons and daughters who nobly served the American cause of liberty and justice in time of warMap (db m190207) WM
65Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Portage — District No. 8 Schoolhouse
Near Garden Lane near Kingston Drive, on the left when traveling west.
Built in 1856, this one-room schoolhouse was formerly located on Oakland Drive south of Shaver Road on land donated by Mr. & Mrs. Harvey booth. The schoolhouse remained in use until 1947. A fine example of Greek revival architecture, the . . . Map (db m190204) HM
66Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Portage — For A Pal
Near Portage Road south of E. Milham Avenue.
This sculpture is dedicated to all my Navy shipmates, Marine, Army and Coast Guard buddies, and allies of all faiths who served in the Guadalcanal Campaign from August 7, 1942 to February 17, 1943. These brave men and women were part of the first . . . Map (db m68828) WM
67Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Portage — Gregory B. Jarvis and Roger B. Chaffee Memorial
Near Portage Road south of E. Milham Avenue.
Gregory B. Jarvis August 24, 1944 January 28, 1986 Born in Detroit Michigan, Payload Specialist, Gregory Jarvis and his crew members, Ellison Onizuka, Michael Smith, Christa McAuliffe, Francis Scobee, Ronald McNair and Judith . . . Map (db m68826) HM
68Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Portage — Hayloft Theatre
On Garden Lane near Kingston Drive, on the left when traveling west.
The Hayloft Theatre Barn was constructed in 1902. From 1919 into the 1940s, the barn was part of a working farm owned by the Solomon Schiedel Family. The barn was purchased in the 1940s and developed into the Hayloft Theatre by Mary and Vern Meyers. . . . Map (db m190205) HM
69Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Portage — L1867 — Portage District No. 8 School
On Garden Lane near Kingston Drive, on the left when traveling west.
Portage District No. 8 School Built circa 1855Map (db m190358) HM
70Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Portage — Portage Grain Elevator / Feed Mill
On Garden Lane near Kingston Drive, on the left when traveling west.
The oldest commercial structure still standing in Portage, the former Portage grain elevator was originally located at the corner of Shaver Road and Centre Avenue. The tile block building was constructed in 1931 to replace the wooden structure, . . . Map (db m190206) HM
71Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Portage — Stuart Manor
On Garden Lane near Kingston Drive, on the left when traveling west.
Built in 1846 by William Welch, the oldest house in Portage was originally located on West Milham. A one-time residence of U.S. Senator Charles Stuart, the house is rumored to have been used for the Underground Railway. A unique example of . . . Map (db m190202) HM
72Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Richland — L1189A — Community LibraryRegistered Michigan Historic Site
On Park Street west of N. 32nd Street (Michigan Highway 43), on the right when traveling west.
The Ladies Library Association raised the funds to build this Classical Revival style building, which was completed in 1910. After serving as a private library for thirty-eight years, it was sold first to the Richland Rural Agricultural School . . . Map (db m68821) HM
73Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Richland — First Religious Service in Kalamazoo County
Near E. D Avenue at N. 32nd Street, on the right when traveling west.
This tablet commemorates the first religious service held in Kalamazoo County. It was conducted by John Barnes and Seldon Norton in May 1830, under an oak one and one half miles southeast of Richland Village.Map (db m68827) HM
74Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Richland — L835A/368 — The First Presbyterian ChurchAmerican Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site
On Park Street west of N. 32nd Street (Michigan Highway 43), on the right when traveling west.
(Side One) Settlers from Hudson, Ohio, came to the Richland area (then known as Gull Prairie) in 1830. A year later, a Presbyterian congregation was organized. Established under the 1801 Plan of Union adopted by the Presbyterians and . . . Map (db m122219) HM
75Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Schoolcraft — Schoolcraft G.A.R. Memorial
Near U.S. 131 at W. Lyons Street, on the right when traveling south.
In Memory of the Defenders of our Country Erected by Burson Post No. 303 G.A.R.Map (db m74674) WM
76Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Schoolcraft — Underground Railroad House
On E. Cass Street, 0.1 miles east of Pearl Street, on the left when traveling east.
This historic house was built in 1835 by Dr. Nathan Thomas, the first physician in Kalamazoo County. When asked in 1843 to assist escaping slaves from the south to reach Canada, he quickly agreed. Mrs. Thomas would provide food and arrange for them . . . Map (db m68769) HM
77Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Vicksburg — L1481A — Fanny M. Bair LibraryRegistered Michigan Historic Site
On W. Maple Street west of S. Main Street, on the right when traveling west.
Fanny M. Bair, a member of one of Vicksburg's pioneer families, built this library and presented it to the Ladies Library Association on November 21, 1902. Charles A. Fairchild of Kalamazoo designed the building with "modern conveniences" like . . . Map (db m68793) HM
78Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Vicksburg — L2086C — Vickers' Mill
On W. Prairie Street at S. Michigan Avenue, on the left when traveling west on W. Prairie Street.
In 1831, John Vickers built a brush dam over the eight-foot waterfall on Portage Creek and erected a log grist mill. The mill is believed to have been the first mill in Kalamazoo County. The dam created a pond that supplied water power to the mill, . . . Map (db m68794) HM
79Michigan, Kalamazoo County, Vicksburg — Vicksburg's First Mill
On W. Washington Street east of S. Mill Street.
On this site stood Vickburg's First Mill Erected 1850 Burned and rebuilt 1853 Destroyed by fire 1885 This marker placed by Vicksburg Community Council May 31, 1920Map (db m68795) HM
 
 
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Feb. 6, 2023