The Mill Race Fountain in Downtown Battle Creek

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The Mill Race Fountain in Downtown Battle CreekThe Mill Race Fountain in downtown Battle Creek is a popular local attraction.  It symbolizes a rich history of milling that founded the City in the early 1800's. 

When pioneer Sands McCamly first visited Battle Creek around 1830, he discovered that the confluence of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo river in what is now downtown Battle Creek, was the ideal spot to build a mill race. 

What is a mill raceA mill race is essentially a man-made channel between two rivers or bodies of water, ideally with one body of water on a slightly higher plain than the other (as in the two rivers in downtown Battle Creek).  The channel then drives water down it between the two rivers, and makes for a perfect environment for building mills along the channel with larger mill wheels to grind grain, straw, wheat, etc. 

It is an early form of industrialization that formed a small community that eventually grew into the City we know today as Battle Creek.  More importantly it is this presence of the milling industry that created the resources for the later developed cereal industry. The Mill Race Fountain in Downtown Battle Creek

The Mill Race Fountain in downtown Battle Creek is built on the spot across from the Kellogg Foundation where the mill race used to exist.  The Mill Race Fountain is designed to look somewhat like the mill race, and in the art work along the back drop of the waterfall it depicts in reliefs the various The Mill Race Fountain in Downtown Battle Creekstages of the construction of the mill race. 

The Mill Race Fountain is designed to run fast, and the added effect of slate makes for a rushing sound of rapid water.  The Mill Race Fountain has a nice walkway that goes across the fountain, where many passersby drop coins into the fountain from above making a wish.

There is also a plaque commemorating Sands McCamly as part of the landmark. McCamly and his wife were widely known throughout the area in their day for their charity and kindness to members of the community.   


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William True
True Sarasota Real Estate - Sarasota, FL
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Thanks for the history, Michael. Beautiful fountain!

Jun 19, 2010 01:28 AM #1
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


This is a great description of a wonderful local attraction in your area!

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Jun 19, 2010 01:39 AM #2
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

Thank you Richard!  I am honored to be Whacked!

Jun 19, 2010 01:49 AM #3
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San Diego, CA

I went there back in 1994 when I was working in Farmington Hills. I took off for the Labor Day weekend and headed over to Douglas and Saugatuck, sighteeing along the way in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

Jun 25, 2010 11:40 PM #4
Michael Delaware
North Sky Realty LLC - Battle Creek, MI

Sounds like a great trip Russel.  I'll bet a lot has changed since you were here.  I have only lived in Michigan since 1999.

Jun 26, 2010 03:18 AM #5
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Michael,  I'm sure you will  enjoy your long-awaited summer.  Your photos of flowers are just beautiful!

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