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1904 promotion view book cover

1904 Promotional View Book

In 1904 the Michigan Business Institute published a Kalamazoo promotional view book that is shown on this page.  It characterizes Kalamazoo as the "Celery City" for its then best known product.  The small book contains illustrations of many well know street views and buildings of the time.

Michigan Business Institute, Todd Building, 1904 The Celery City The Celery City Promo


KALAMAZOO, the  "Celery City," takes is name from the Indian name Ke-Kenamazoo.

Its early history dates fro the advent of the early pioneer, Titus Bronson, who was the first settler, and who erected it first cabin about the year 1829.  The region hereabouts was inhabited by the Pottawatowmies whose principal village was located in Portage.  The early statistics gave Kalamazoo Village in 1867 a population of 7150, and the number of houses 1494. The year 1904 shows a population of over 30,000, and nearly, 6000 houses, mostly owned by their occupants.  From the standpoint of beauty, Kalamazoo takes precedence over any city in Michigan of like population. There are numerous lakes and parks within a radius of a few miles from the city, thus affording plenty of opportunity for recreation and sport.  As a manufacturing city it boast of more diversified industries than any other city in the state of like population. The location is central, with four railroads radiating to all parts of the country.  Its educational advantage embrace several colleges, numerous public schools, a seminary, and in the near future, the erection of a State Normal School (now Western Michigan University). 

Asylum Promos House Promos


Y.M.C.A. Kalamazoo College & Michigan Seminary Public Library & The Ladies Library
Post Office County Court House, South Rose Street Bronson Park

Academy Street Main St., Looking East Main St., Looking West
North Burdick St. South Burdick St.  


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