“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Kalamazoo, Michigan Historical Markers

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By Duane Hall, May 30, 2014
Epaphroditus Ransom Marker
Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — S569 — Epaphroditus Ransom
(Side One) 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 . . . — Map (db m74527) HM
Michigan (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
Michigan (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
Michigan (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
Michigan (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
Michigan (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
Michigan (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
Michigan (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
Michigan (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
Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — S0153 — 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 m43675) HM
Michigan (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
Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — Lincoln's August 1856 Speech in Kalamazoo
1861 - 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 . . . — Map (db m30396) HM
Michigan (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
Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — L206 — South Street Historic District
(Side One) 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 . . . — Map (db m74523) HM
Michigan (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
Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — 565 — 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
Michigan (Kalamazoo County), Kalamazoo — 222 — 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

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