Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Arcadia Publishing, 2002 - History - 128 pages
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Since the arrival of its first settler in 1829, the story of Kalamazoo has been an interesting one. Out of the southwest Michigan wilderness, a small 19th century village quickly blossomed into a 20th century city. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a wide variety of industries made Kalamazoo a boomtown. Everything from paper, corsets, taxicabs, and pharmaceuticals allowed Kalamazoo to develop into a major center of manufacturing. At the same time, several colleges that would establish the area as a center for education were organized and expanded. Fortunately, much of Kalamazoo's development has been well-documented through photographs and other visual illustrations. These images are the subjects of this

volume, which is organized to show the varied elements of Kalamazoo's history. Gathered from local archives and private collections, most of these rare photographs have never before been published.

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About the author (2002)

A lifelong resident of the Kalamazoo area, David Kohrman is currently a student of Public History at Western Michigan University with an interest in photography and architecture. He is the creator of a website entitled Built Kalamazoo, which serves as an online tour of the city,'s architecture. He is also the author of Detroit,'s Statler and Book-Cadillac Hotels, another title from Arcadia Publishing.

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