Battle Creek

Front Cover
Arcadia Publishing, 2005 - History - 96 pages
0 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.


Hospitals and Churches

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2005)

A lifelong resident of Battle Creek, Kurt Thornton learned Battle Creek's story from his mother, Frances Thornton, a historian and collector of local memorabilia. Along with his interest in local history, he is an amateur photographer and established artist, known for his pen and ink illustrations and his annual calendars, which have celebrated Battle Creek history for over 20 years.

Bibliographic information