Battle Creek

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In 1825, the opening of the Erie Canal triggered a migration of pioneer families from America's East Coast to the Michigan territory. By 1836, entrepreneurs had dug a mill race and platted a village that would eventually become Battle Creek. The town was first known as a farm implement center for the Midwest, then became the "Health City" (for its connection to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and Dr. J. H. Kellogg's Battle Creek Sanitarium), and eventually became known as the "Cereal City," because it was the birthplace of ready-to-eat breakfast foods. By pairing archival and modern photographs, this book documents how Battle Creek advanced from a small settlement to a thriving community. This comparative perspective reveals many changes and advancements in Battle Creek's physical and cultural landscape.
ISBN: 9780738539768
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Then and Now
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Co-authors Martin Ashley and Kurt Thornton are lifelong residents of Battle Creek. Ashley has served as the historian for Oakhill Cemetery and the First Presbyterian Church of Battle Creek. Thornton is a local historian known for his pen and ink drawings of regional scenes, is a member of the Battle Creek Historic District Commission and author of Images of America: Battle Creek, also published by Arcadia. Together they have worked to preserve local history and helped produce a local history magazine, Heritage Battle Creek: The Rock and Roll Years, distributed by the Historical Society of Battle Creek.
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