Battle Creek

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Arcadia Publishing, 2005 - History - 96 pages
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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.

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Kurt Thornton, known for the illustrated calendars he has produced for over 30 years, has spent a lifetime enjoying the history of his hometown, a passion he learned from his mother, Frances Thornton, a historian and collector of "anything to do with Battle Creek." He was recently honored by his alma mater by being inducted into the Battle Creek Central High School Hall of Fame for his work to preserve history.

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