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Calhoun County, Michigan
49014, 49015, 49016, 49017, 49018
Cereal Capital of the World
A skirmish between a government land surveyor and two Indians nearly 175 years ago was the inspiration for the naming of Battle Creek. The community began in 1831 as a milling center for the area farmers. Soon, however, more industry arrived in the area and the economy diversified from just grain processing. It was known as Milton in the 1840's, but soon changed its name to Battle Creek when it incorporated as a town in 1850. Some of the nicknames for Battle Creek have been: Queen City, Health City and International City. Now known as the Cereal City because of W.K. Kellogg and C.W. Post, and many other small cereal companies, Battle Creek has grown into a major industrial center for a wide variety of goods and services.
Cereal gained its roots from the Seventh-day Adventist religion of which worshippers were: Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (cereal inventor) and William Keith Kellogg (Kellogg Cereal company founder) and Ellen G. White founder of the Seventh-day Adventist religion.
Here is a history page for Battle Creek that includes a number of good photos from the past.
Official site for Battle Creek - Connecting Battle Creek City Hall, Chamber of Commerce and Battle Creek Unlimited to you!
Binder Park Zoo
The zoo has an African Safari with giraffes and other animals from Africa
Learn more about Battle Creek at this informative site.
Lakes within the city include Eagle Lake and Goguac Lake. The latter has a public dock with free access and a public beach.
Southwest Michigan Devil Rays
Battle Creek Knights Basketball semi-pro basketball team that began its first season in 2004 and is currently undefeated with an overall record of 21-0!
Holiday Balloon Fest
held each year in December.
The Kingman Museum
175 Limit Street
Battle Creek, MI 49017
A natural history museum and planetarium
This site has a wide variety of information about Battle Creek and the area.
Michigan State University's Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
MSU's Kellogg Biological Station
W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary
12685 East C Avenue
Augusta, MI 49012
If you would like to become a volunteer:
Kellogg's Cereal City, USA
171 West Michigan Avenue
Battle Creek, Michigan 49017
A themed family attraction celebrating the cereal industry. Please call ahead for hours of operation.
Kimball House Museum
For further information, contact Heritage Battle Creek at (616) 965-2613
Dr. John Harvey Kellogg cereal inventor and health advocate
1852 - 1943
Director of the Battle Creek Sanitarium. The facility was locally called the San and was famous for its water and fresh air treatments, exercise and diet reform. He believed in the you are what you eat idea and advocated diet changes to better one's health. He invented a cereal called Granose from wheat kernals.
William Keith Kellogg Businessman
1860 - 1951
He is the younger brother of John Harvey Kellogg and worked with him at the San. He accidentally discovered flakes of wheat and the Kellogg Cereal Company was formed. Try site for more biographical information:
W.K. Kellogg bio
Ellen G. White Religious leader
1827 - 1915
A group of her Seventh-day Adventist followers invited her and her husband, Elder James White, to come to live in Battle Creek and establish the denomination's headquarters here. For many years, the church was a large influence in Battle Creek.
1854 - 1914
Charles W. Post had gone to the Sanitarium here in a wheelchair and was cured of his illnesses. He created his company, the Postum Cereal Company, in 1895 starting with Postum to discourage people from drinking coffee. His Post Toasties were a rival to Kellogg Corn Flakes with both companies and their workers keeping apart from each other.
Marjory Merriweather Post
Daughter of C.W. Post
1887 - 1973
Also see this site
She inherited the business, then known as the Postum Cereal Company, from her father at age 27 and went on to run it effectively. It would eventually become the General Foods Corporation. She was a collector and also a philanthropist, particularly during the great Depression of the 1930's.
1797 - 1883
An ex-slave and abolitionist who came to Battle Creek to live. She was a supporter of human rights for everyone and championed that cause throughout the country.
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Battle Creek Public Schools
Lakeview Public Schools
Pennfield Public Schools
Harper Creek Public Schools
Battle Creek Area Catholic Schools
There are also several charter schools in the area.