Historic Map - Kalamazoo, MI - 1908

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View of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo County, M.I., 1908 / drawn & published by Benford-Bryan Co.

This layout view print of Kalamazoo, Michigan was drawn and published by Benford-Bryan Publishing Co. in 1908. Kalamazoo was settled near the Kalamazoo River in the 1830's.

The village of Kalamazoo was well known for raising fine quality celery, as well as other vegetable crops. Paper was produced at a mill along Portage Creek; and Kalamazoo maintained a thriving windmill-making industry. The town was located along a popular corridor between Detroit and Chicago and was easily reached by the Michigan Central and Grand Rapids & Indiana railroads.

The Michigan Asylum for the Insane opened at Kalamazoo in 1859 under the direction of Dr. Edwin Van Deusen. The institution gradually expanded to cover almost a mile along Asylum Avenue. A large water tower, built in 1895 on the hospital grounds, became a landmark in the area.

The map includes labeled streets, buildings, waterways and railroad routes. It features inset advertisement of the Benford-Bryan Company, including photographs of its building, its art department and office.

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