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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kalamazoo, 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;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Kalamazoo County, MI (77) Allegan County, MI (52) Barry County, MI (14) Branch County, MI (78) Calhoun County, MI (117) Cass County, MI (35) St. Joseph County, MI (36) Van Buren County, MI (65)  KalamazooCounty(77) Kalamazoo County (77)  AlleganCounty(52) Allegan County (52)  BarryCounty(14) Barry County (14)  BranchCounty(78) Branch County (78)  CalhounCounty(117) Calhoun County (117)  CassCounty(35) Cass County (35)  St.JosephCounty(36) St. Joseph County (36)  VanBurenCounty(65) Van Buren County (65)
Kalamazoo is the county seat for Kalamazoo County
Kalamazoo is in Kalamazoo County
      Kalamazoo County (77)  
      Allegan County (52)  
      Barry County (14)  
      Branch County (78)  
      Calhoun County (117)  
      Cass County (35)  
      St. Joseph County (36)  
      Van Buren County (65)  
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1Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — 25th Michigan Volunteer Infantry
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
2Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L488 — A.U.V. Auditorium
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
3Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — Art Deco
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
4Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — Burdick Street
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
5Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — Button-Jannasch Building
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
6Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — S569 — Epaphroditus Ransom
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
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7Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L338 — First Baptist Church
(Side One) 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 . . . Map (db m74522) HM
8Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L1528 — First United Methodist Church
(Side One) 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 . . . Map (db m74489) HM
9Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — 221 — First Women's Club in Michigan
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
10Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — Firsts
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
11Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L245A — Harris Family
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
12Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L2098 — Haymarket Historic District
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
13Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L2098 — Haymarket Historic District
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
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14Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L2104 — Henderson Park West Main Hill Historic District
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
15Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — In Memoriam U.S.S Maine
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
16Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — S46 — Indian Fields
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
17Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — Kalamazoo 9/11 Memorial
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
18Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — 133 — Kalamazoo Celery
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
19Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — S101 — Kalamazoo College
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
20Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — Kalamazoo Disabled Veterans Memorial
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
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21Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L1399 — Kalamazoo Gazette
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
22Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — Kalamazoo Korean War Memorial
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
23Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — S153 — Kalamazoo School Case
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
24Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — Kalamazoo Vietnam War Memorial
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
25Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — 44 — Lincoln at Kalamazoo
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
26Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — Lincoln's August 1856 Speech in Kalamazoo1861 - 1865
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
27Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — S664 — Michigan State Grange / Women in the Michigan Grange
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
28Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L10 — Pioneer Cemetery
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
29Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — Riverside Cemetery Veterans Memorial
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
30Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L206 — South Street Historic DistrictRegistered Michigan Historic Site
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
31Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — Spanish War Veterans Monument1898-1902
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
32Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L565A — Stuart Neighborhood
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
33Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L565B — Stuart Neighborhood
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
34Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L565c — Stuart Neighborhood
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
35Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — 40 — The Kalamazoo Case: Establishing High School for AllMichigan Legal Milestone
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
36Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — S222c — The Kalamazoo Region
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
37Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L1000 — The Peninsula Building
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
38Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L57 — The Stuart House
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
39Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — S582 — The Upjohn Company / William E. Upjohn
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
40Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — Transportation
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
41Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — 117 — Western Michigan University
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
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Oct. 3, 2022