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"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 Michigan Central Railroad where it crosses the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad and the Kalamazoo division of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad, 49 miles S. of Grand Rapids, 68 miles W. of Jackson, and 140 miles E.N.E. of Chicago. Here is the Kalamazoo College (Baptist), which was organized in 1855 and has a library of 3000 volumes. This city contains also 27 churches, a public library, the Michigan Female Seminary, organized in 1866, 2 business colleges, the large and expensive edifice of the state asylum for the insane (with about 1000 inmates), 4 national banks, 2 other banks, and printing-offices which issue 2 daily and 4 weekly newspapers. It has 10 hotels, 2 theatres, the Holly system of water-works, is lighted by gas and electricity, has 80 manufacturing establishments employing 5000 operatives, eight miles of street-railway, 10 public school buildings, 4 private schools, 40 incorporated companies with a capital of over $4,000,000, annual products valued at $6,000,000, annual wages amounting to $1,500,000, and five railroads. Pop. in 1880, 11,937, in 1890, 17,853."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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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.

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  • Kalamazoo was legally incorporated as a village in 1838

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  • 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...


  • 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
  • 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...


  • Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
    Third Christian Reformed Church
  • Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
    Main Street, East from Rose Street
  • 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
  • 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

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Third Christian Reformed Church

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

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

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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
  • 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...

  • 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  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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