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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Battle Creek, Michigan

 
Clickable Map of Calhoun 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 Calhoun County, MI (117) Barry County, MI (14) Branch County, MI (78) Eaton County, MI (57) Hillsdale County, MI (60) Jackson County, MI (84) Kalamazoo County, MI (78) St. Joseph County, MI (36)  CalhounCounty(117) Calhoun County (117)  BarryCounty(14) Barry County (14)  BranchCounty(78) Branch County (78)  EatonCounty(57) Eaton County (57)  HillsdaleCounty(60) Hillsdale County (60)  JacksonCounty(84) Jackson County (84)  KalamazooCounty(78) Kalamazoo County (78)  St.JosephCounty(36) St. Joseph County (36)
Marshall is the county seat for Calhoun County
Battle Creek is in Calhoun County
      Calhoun County (117)  
ADJACENT TO CALHOUN COUNTY
      Barry County (14)  
      Branch County (78)  
      Eaton County (57)  
      Hillsdale County (60)  
      Jackson County (84)  
      Kalamazoo County (78)  
      St. Joseph County (36)  
 
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1Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L1841 — African Methodist Episcopal Church
In 1855 Elder James Brown and his wife, Radley, established an African Methodist Episcopal Church in Battle Creek. The congregation met in members’ homes until 1860 when it moved into a church on the northeast corner of Maple and Van Buren Streets. . . . Map (db m177260) HM
2Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — Battle Creek Centennial Celebration
This tablet, erected by the citizens of Battle Creek in connection with the Centennial Celebration, 1931, marks the place on which was builded, [sic] in 1831, the first dwelling in Battle . . . Map (db m177457) HM
3Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L1103 — Battle Creek City Hall
Ernest W. Arnold designed this Beaux-Arts Classical-style city hall “to harmonize with the post office” located directly across Division Street. It was built in 1914 by Seirn B. Cole Construction at a cost of $305,000. The building’s interior is . . . Map (db m177335) HM
4Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L2231 — Battle Creek Community College
In September 1956, Battle Creek Community College opened near this site. Founded by Battle Creek Public Schools, it was originally housed in a Grand Army of the Republic Hall that was demolished in 1972. Begun with 176 full and part-time students . . . Map (db m177340) HM
5Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L0008 — Battle Creek House
The Battle Creek House, a stagecoach stop and the social and political hub of the settlement from 1836 to 1866, stood here. The balconied three-story inn was destroyed by a fire late in the 1860’s. In 1870 Daniel Reily put up a “solid brick” . . . Map (db m177277) HM
6Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L1823 — Battle Creek No. 4 Fire Station
This firehouse, which opened on July 2, 1904, was the last one in the city to use horse-drawn equipment. Hubert C. Scofield, architect of Fire Station No. 3, designed the Richardsonian Romanesque building, built at a cost of $8,099. In 1917 the . . . Map (db m177261) HM
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7Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — S0405 — Battle Creek Post Office
The second Battle Creek Post Office, one of Albert Kahn’s earliest commissions, opened in 1907. He designed the structure with reinforced concrete supports, an innovation he later used in his internationally renowned factory designs. The building’s . . . Map (db m177338) HM
8Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L0597 — Battle Creek Sanitarium / Percy Jones General Hospital
Battle Creek Sanitarium The Battle Creek Sanitarium opened in 1866 as the Western Health Reform Institute. The institute was founded on health principles advocated by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. In 1876 Dr. John Harvey Kellogg became the . . . Map (db m177255) HM
9Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L80 — Beckley School
This country schoolhouse, one of a vanishing type, was built in 1859 and named after Ira Beckley, an early settler. During the first year, thirty-three pupils used a library of forty-two books for a seven-month session. Instruction was offered in . . . Map (db m190180) HM
10Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L591 — Bryant Farm
This farm has remained in the Bryant family since 1844 and retains much of its original Civil War era appearance. The ruins of stone fences erected without mortar still stand as a rare reminder of early settlement. Mary Bryant Mayo (1845-1903), . . . Map (db m178045) HM
11Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L2115 — C. W. Post / C.W. Post Monument
C. W. Post A native of Springfield, Illinois, Charles William Post came to this city in 1891 as a patient at the Battle Creek Sanitarium. In 1892 he opened his own sanitarium and dedicated himself to developing and manufacturing healthy food . . . Map (db m177336) HM
12Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — S0131 — Cereal Bowl of America
This is Battle Creek, where the leading producers of ready-to-eat cereals are located. Early attempts to process grains into appetizing new foods for Sanitarium guests revolutionized the eating habits of people everywhere. Made in Battle . . . Map (db m177263) HM
13Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — S0618 — Del Shannon / Runaway
Del Shannon In late 1960 the Hi-Lo Club, located on this site, “rocked” when the Charlie Johnson Band played Runaway for the first time. Johnson, whose real name was Charles Westover, was born in Grand Rapids and raised in Coopersville. . . . Map (db m177464) HM
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14Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — S0637 — Erastus Hussey: Stationmaster / "Working for Humanity"
Erastus Hussey Stationmaster Erastus Hussey came to Michigan from New York State in 1824 and purchased land in Wayne County. Hussey returned to New York for a time, but in 1839 he and his wife, Sarah, purchased a building located about 125 . . . Map (db m177310) HM
15Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L0009 — First Baptist Church
The First Baptist Church, oldest church in Battle Creek, was organized in April 1835, with nineteen charter members. Meetings were held in the log schoolhouse the first few years. The present site was bought from Sands McCamley in 1843 for $275. The . . . Map (db m177332) HM
16Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L2199 — Independent Congregational Church
Congregationalists joined Presbyterians in organizing a church in 1836. When a split occurred in 1883, they formed the Independent Congregational Church. Chicago architect Joseph C. Llewellyn designed this Neo-classical church, built in 1907, to . . . Map (db m177272) HM
17Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — 1252 — James and Ellen White
James S. and Ellen G. White were among the founders of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, which was organized in Battle Creek in 1863. Long participants in the Adventist movement, they cam to Battle Creek in 1855 when the . . . Map (db m144851) HM
18Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L2232 — Kellogg Community College
Kellogg Community College began in 1956 as Battle Creek Community College. It was housed in a Grand Army of the Republic Hall on College Street. Its enrollment quickly expanded beyond the location's capacity, and in 1958 city voters passed a millage . . . Map (db m177253) HM
19Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L0469 — Kimball House Museum
Three generations of doctors made this structure their home. The attractive Victorian house was built by Dr. Arthur H. Kimball in 1886. Kimball, a city health official, came to this area in 1883. His son, Arthur S. Kimball, became Battle Creek’s . . . Map (db m177271) HM
20Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — LaSalle Hotel
The LaSalle Hotel opened in 1927 at 45-47 Capital Avenue, Southwest. The Hi-Lo Club was opened as a bar and "beer garden" in 1933. In 1954 the name was changed to the Gilbert Hotel. Rock-and-roll singer Del Shannon first performed his hit song, . . . Map (db m177461) HM
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21Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L0005 — Methodism in Battle Creek
The first Methodist class in this area met in the home of Daniel Thomas in 1833. Three years later services were being held in the log schoolhouse. In 1841 the first structure for religious services in the village was built by the Methodists 150 . . . Map (db m177334) HM
22Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — S0317 — Michigan Central Depot
The Michigan Central Railroad Depot opened on July 27, 1888. Rogers and McFarlane of Detroit designed the depot, one of several Richardsonian Romanesque-style stations the Michigan Central built between Detroit and Chicago in the late nineteenth . . . Map (db m177339) HM
23Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — S0678 — Postum Cereal Company / Postum Cereal Company Factory
Postum Cereal Company Charles William “C. W.” Post (1854-1914) began his breakfast empire in 1892 when he opened La Vita Inn sanitarium on this site. Post’s first commercial success occurred in 1894 when he created the hot beverage Postum. In . . . Map (db m177342) HM
24Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — Purple Heart MemorialCombat Wounded Veterans
Dedicated to the recipients of this nation's oldest military decoration The "Purple Heart" My stone is red for the blood they shed. The medal I bear is my country's way to show they care. If I could be seen by all mankind maybe peace . . . Map (db m189342) WM
25Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L2082 — Second Baptist Church
Calling themselves the Second Baptist Society, a small group of Battle Creek African Americans worshipped in their homes prior to 1849. That year, led by the Reverends Parmelee and Harris of the white First Baptist Church, they officially organized . . . Map (db m177254) HM
26Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L1369 — Seirn B. Cole House
This flamboyant Arts and Crafts style house was constructed in 1912. Its first resident, Seirn B. Cole (1861-1947), was a native of New Jersey. He and his wife, Elizabeth Farmer, lived in Detroit before they moved here where Cole was the contractor . . . Map (db m177341) HM
27Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — S0218 — Seventh-day Adventists
Battle Creek is closely identified with Adventist history. The first church built by Seventh-Day Adventists was erected here in 1855 and the General Conference organized in 1863. The denomination’s first world headquarters, publishing house, . . . Map (db m177259) HM
28Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — Sojourner Truth Memorial
In memoriam Sojourner Truth, born a slave in Ulster Co. N.Y. in the 18th century, died in Battle Creek Mich. Nov. 26, 1883 aged about 105 years. "Is God Dead" S.T. Formal dedication Nov. 26, 1997, 200th AnniversaryMap (db m82266) HM
29Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — Sojourner Truth Statue
This monument was dedicated by the people of Battle Creek, Michigan, on September 25, 1999, to preserve the image and honor the legacy of Sojourner Truth (1797-1883), who lived in this area for the last 27 years of her life. Although she could . . . Map (db m177333) HM
30Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L2240 — St. Philip Roman Catholic Church
The Quaker meetinghouse on this site was purchased at auction by local Catholics in 1863. St. Philip Roman Catholic Church has been on this corner since then. Its first school opened in 1880. The current Romanesque building, dedicated in 1930 after . . . Map (db m177273) HM
31Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L0006 — St. Thomas Episcopal Church
In 1839 Battle Creek’s first Episcopal service was conducted. Regular services were held in the schoolhouse after 1841 by the Rev. Montgomery Schuyler, then rector at Marshall. In appreciation he was given a team of horses. In 1842 Bishop Samuel . . . Map (db m177275) HM
32Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L0007 — The Log Schoolhouse
Near this spot, facing the Indian Trail, the village’s first public school was erected in 1834. Built of logs, its floor, desks, and benches were constructed of lumber floated down the river from Bellevue’s sawmill. Warren B. Shepard, the first . . . Map (db m177313) HM
33Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — U.S.S. Maine Memorial Plaque
Memoriam U.S.S. Maine Destroyed in Havana Harbor February 15th 1898 This tablet cast from metal recovered from the U.S.S. MaineMap (db m70051) HM
34Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — S603 — Veterans Hospital No. 100
World War I created the need for increased medical care for returning soldiers. Veterans Hospital No. 100, a 500-bed neuropsychiatric facility that opened in 1924 on the grounds of Fort Custer, originally consisted of twenty-two Neo-Georgian . . . Map (db m190181) HM
35Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — L1792 — Ward Mill Site / Ward Building Site
Ward Mill Site In 1845 Joseph M. Ward (1822-1902) joined William Fargo in a livery and freight business, located on the corner of State and Jefferson Streets. In 1849, Ward bought an interest in a woolen mill on the nearby creek, which he . . . Map (db m177321) HM
36Michigan (Calhoun County), Battle Creek — Willard LibraryBattle Creek, Michigan
Opened on April 27, 1905, the Charles Willard Library building was given to the Battle Creek Schools and community from the estate of Charles Willard. Architect J.C> Llewellyn designed the two-story classical structure, constructing it from terra . . . Map (db m177458) HM
 
 
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Nov. 28, 2022