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If You Think You Know the Meaning of the Word ‘Kalamazoo’ – You’re Probably Wrong

Kalamazoo is a fun and silly word to say. It rolls off the tongue and it's almost physically impossible to not smile when saying it. But where exactly did the word come from and what does it mean? If you think you know, you're probably wrong.

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This Gurney From the Kalamazoo Asylum is for Sale and Will Haunt Your Nightmares

A gurney that once wheeled patients around the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital is being offered to the public by the State of Michigan in a surplus items sale being conducted by Western Michigan University.

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This West Michigan Park May Be a Tribute to the Confederate States of America

Hackley Park in Muskegon looks like any other downtown park in any city in America with walkways and statues. But some Muskegonites say there's a secret history that goes back to the Civil War.

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Remember When Michigan Avenue in Battle Creek Was a Brick-Paved Street?

Do you remember when West Michigan Avenue heading into downtown Battle Creek was paved with bricks?

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One of America’s Most Important and Historical Communication Cables Runs Right Under Downtown Kalamazoo

You can find interesting things sometimes by looking down. A small medal plaque on a sidewalk along Kalamazoo's Crosstown Parkway notes an important communication link right below your feet.

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Battle Creek Construction Project Unearths Portion of Oldest Road in Southwest Michigan

The Territorial Road is one of the oldest roads in Michigan and the first to blaze a trail from Detroit through Southwest Michigan. A portion of logs that once made up the original Territorial Road was recently unearthed during construction in Battle Creek.

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4th Annual Hidden Kalamazoo Tour

ZOMG!!!

I love history. It's a passion. I also love that you don't have to take a trip to Gettysburg, Stonehendge, or Machu Picchu to get a good history fix...

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Piece of Historic 26th Michigan Infantry Flag Returned Home to State [VIDEO]

The state of Michigan holds in its archives many of the battle flags carried by Wolverine-based regiments in the Civil War, except for the 26th - until now.

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Kalamazoo’s 5 Historic Districts Threatened by Proposed Michigan Legislature Bills

Two pieces of legislation being considered by the Michigan House and Senate could substantially change historic districts in cities across the state, including the five historic districts in Kalamazoo.

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Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour Returns To Riverside Cemetery

According to a press release from The Kalamazoo Jaycees, The Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour will once again explore Riverside Cemetery on Friday, September 25 and Saturday, September 26, 2015.

Tours will be offered from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Riverside Cemetery is located on the corner of Gull Road and Riverview Drive.  Ghosts of Kalamazoo Historic Tour provides a historic account of Kalamazoo County with a twist of haunted stories.  This tour will highlight notable people of Kalamazoo as well as the Civil War Memorial that stands 25-feet tall.

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