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History of Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

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Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

René-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, passed just southeast of the present city of Kalamazoo in late March 1680. The first Europeans to reside in the area were itinerant fur traders in the late 18th and early 19th century. There are records of several traders wintering in the area, and by the 1820s at least one trading post had been established.

During the War of 1812, the British established a smithy and a prison camp in the area.

The 1821 Treaty of Chicago ceded the territory south of the Grand River to the United States federal government. However, the area around present-day Kalamazoo was reserved as the village of Potawatomi Chief Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish. Six years later, as a result of the 1827 Treaty of St. Joseph, the tract that became the city of Kalamazoo was also ceded.

In 1829, Titus Bronson, originally from Connecticut, became the first white settler to build a cabin within the present city limits of Kalamazoo. He platted the town in 1831 and named it the village of Bronson—not to be confused with the much smaller Bronson, Michigan, about fifty miles (80 km) to the south-southeast of Kalamazoo.

Bronson, frequently described as "eccentric" and argumentative, was later run out of town. The village was renamed Kalamazoo in 1836, due in part to Bronson's being fined for stealing a cherry tree. Today, a hospital and a downtown park, among other things, are named for Bronson. Kalamazoo was legally incorporated as a village in 1838 and as a city in 1883.

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  • In 1829, Titus Bronson, originally from Connecticut, became the first white settler to build a cabin within the present city limits of Kalamazoo.

    www.wikipedia.org

  • Kalamazoo was legally incorporated as a village in 1838

    www.wikipedia.org

  • 1854 - Kalamazoo
    Kalamazoo, a township in the central part of Kalamazoo co., Michigan, intersected by the Kalamazoo river. Population, 3231.

    Kalamazoo, a thriving...Read MORE...


  • Kalamazoo was legally incorporated as a city in 1883

    www.wikipedia.org

  • News 1889 - HURLED TO DEATH - An Engine Runs Into a Street Car Killing Six Ladies
    A shocking accident occurred about 5:30 o'clock in the evening at the West Main street crossing of the Michigan Central Railroad in Kalamazoo, Mich....Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Kalamazoo
    Kalamazoo, a city, capital of Kalamazoo co., Mich., is situated in a beautiful valley, in Kalamazoo township, on a river of the same name, and on the ...Read MORE...


  • News 1898 - EXPLOSION DURING A FIRE. FIVE FIREMEN AND A DRAYMAN WERE KILLED AT KALAMAZOO, MICH., LAST NIGHT.
    Kalamazoo, Mich., Feb. 26. - Fire broke out in Hall Bros.' laboratory at 10 o'clock this evening.

    While the firemen were trying to put out the...Read MORE...


  • Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
    The Beautiful New Game of The Spider and The Flies
    The Fuller Mfg. Co., Makers, Kalamazoo, Mich.

    The Ladies' Home Journal
    November 1898
    Advertisement
  • 1902 - Gibson Guitar Corporation founded in Kalamazoo
    The company was incorporated as "Gibson Mandolin - Guitar Co., Ltd" on October 11, 1902, by the craftsman Orville Gibson.
    www.wikipedia.org

  • News 1907 - MET DEATH IN WRECK - LAKE SHORE FIREMAN A. L. WENGER LOSES LIFE
    At Kalamazoo - Others Injured -- Train Struck Street Sweeper - Eighteen Cars Piled Up.

    Lake Shore Fireman A. L. Wenger was scalded to death in a...Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - TORNADO STRIKES PARK
    Kills Man and Three Valuable Race Horses.

    Kalamazoo, Mich., June 25. - Three valuable race horses and a man were killed in a tornado which struck...Read MORE...


  • News 1909 - MILLION DOLLAR FIRE DESTROYED PART OF A CITY. KALAMAZOO, MICH., VISITED BY AWFUL CONFLAGRATION LAST NIGHT - ONE MAN BURNED.
    [By Associated Press.]
    Kalamazoo, Mich., Dec. 9. - A million dollars worth of property was destroyed and the city was saved from destruction only...Read MORE...


  • News 1910 - SIX PERSONS DEAD. TWENTY-SIX INJURED IN ACCIDENT AT KALAMAZOO. FAST TRAIN CRASHED INTO A LOADED STREET CAR. CONDUCTOR SIGNALED CAR AHEAD AT THE CROSSING AND ENGINE HIT IS SQUARELY - MANY BADLY MANGLED.
    Kalamazoo, Mich., Nov. 13. - Six persons are dead and twenty-six injured, four of whom, it is thought will die as the result of a street car on the...Read MORE...


  • Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
    Third Christian Reformed Church
    Postcard
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
    Main Street, East from Rose Street
    Postcard
  • News 1911 - KALAMAZOO Y. M. C. A. BURNS
    KALAMAZOO, Mich., Jan. 6. - The Young Men's Christian association building in this city was destroyed by fire last night with a loss estimated at...Read MORE...


  • Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
    Oakland Drive Entrance, Western Michigan College
    Postcard
  • 1959 - Kalamazoo Mall opens
    The city created the mall in 1959 by closing part of Burdick Street to auto traffic
    www.wikipedia.org



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The Beautiful New Game of The Spider and The Flies
The Fuller Mfg. Co., Makers, Kalamazoo, Mich.

The Ladies' Home Journal
November 1898
Advertisement

Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Third Christian Reformed Church
Postcard

Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Main Street, East from Rose Street
Postcard

Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Oakland Drive Entrance, Western Michigan College
Postcard


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  • In 1829, Titus Bronson, originally from Connecticut, became the first white settler to build a cabin within the present city limits of Kalamazoo.

    www.wikipedia.org
  • Kalamazoo was legally incorporated as a village in 1838

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1854 - Kalamazoo
    Kalamazoo, a township in the central part of Kalamazoo co., Michigan, intersected by the Kalamazoo river. Population, 3231.

    Kalamazoo, a thriving... Read MORE...

  • Kalamazoo was legally incorporated as a city in 1883

    www.wikipedia.org
  • News  1889 - HURLED TO DEATH - An Engine Runs Into a Street Car Killing Six Ladies
    A shocking accident occurred about 5:30 o'clock in the evening at the West Main street crossing of the Michigan Central Railroad in Kalamazoo, Mich.... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Kalamazoo
    Kalamazoo, a city, capital of Kalamazoo co., Mich., is situated in a beautiful valley, in Kalamazoo township, on a river of the same name, and on the ... Read MORE...

  • News  1898 - EXPLOSION DURING A FIRE. FIVE FIREMEN AND A DRAYMAN WERE KILLED AT KALAMAZOO, MICH., LAST NIGHT.
    Kalamazoo, Mich., Feb. 26. - Fire broke out in Hall Bros.' laboratory at 10 o'clock this evening.

    While the firemen were trying to put out the... Read MORE...

  • 1902 - Gibson Guitar Corporation founded in Kalamazoo
    The company was incorporated as "Gibson Mandolin - Guitar Co., Ltd" on October 11, 1902, by the craftsman Orville Gibson.
    www.wikipedia.org
  • News  1907 - MET DEATH IN WRECK - LAKE SHORE FIREMAN A. L. WENGER LOSES LIFE
    At Kalamazoo - Others Injured -- Train Struck Street Sweeper - Eighteen Cars Piled Up.

    Lake Shore Fireman A. L. Wenger was scalded to death in a... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - TORNADO STRIKES PARK
    Kills Man and Three Valuable Race Horses.

    Kalamazoo, Mich., June 25. - Three valuable race horses and a man were killed in a tornado which struck... Read MORE...

  • News  1909 - MILLION DOLLAR FIRE DESTROYED PART OF A CITY. KALAMAZOO, MICH., VISITED BY AWFUL CONFLAGRATION LAST NIGHT - ONE MAN BURNED.
    [By Associated Press.]
    Kalamazoo, Mich., Dec. 9. - A million dollars worth of property was destroyed and the city was saved from destruction only... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - SIX PERSONS DEAD. TWENTY-SIX INJURED IN ACCIDENT AT KALAMAZOO. FAST TRAIN CRASHED INTO A LOADED STREET CAR. CONDUCTOR SIGNALED CAR AHEAD AT THE CROSSING AND ENGINE HIT IS SQUARELY - MANY BADLY MANGLED.
    Kalamazoo, Mich., Nov. 13. - Six persons are dead and twenty-six injured, four of whom, it is thought will die as the result of a street car on the... Read MORE...

  • News  1911 - KALAMAZOO Y. M. C. A. BURNS
    KALAMAZOO, Mich., Jan. 6. - The Young Men's Christian association building in this city was destroyed by fire last night with a loss estimated at... Read MORE...

  • 1959 - Kalamazoo Mall opens
    The city created the mall in 1959 by closing part of Burdick Street to auto traffic
    www.wikipedia.org

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