DescriptionIn 1894 two brothers named Kellogg, experimenting in the kitchens of the Battle Creek Sanitarium, developed a flake cereal. From this modest beginning grew the Kellogg Co., the Post Division of Kraft-General Foods Corp. and the Ralston Purina Co., which have made Battle Creek the breakfast food center of the nation.
Battle Creek residents' progressive attitudes are manifested in other issues. In the decades before the Civil War the city was an abolitionist stronghold and an overt station on the Underground Railroad. Thus the names Kellogg and Post are no more important than that of Sojourner Truth. An ex-slave, this tall, persuasive woman carried her crusade for truth and freedom from tiny rooms to President Lincoln's office. She came to Battle Creek in 1858 and died in 1883; her grave is in Oak Hill Cemetery at South Avenue and Oak Hill Drive. Statues in Monument Park and Linear Park honor her work.
Residents find respite from industrial and commercial activities in city parks. Bailey Park's C.O. Brown Stadium, between Capital Avenue and the Battle Creek River, is the setting for national amateur baseball tournaments. South of town on Goguac Lake, landscaped Willard Beach Park offers water sports and picnicking. Linear Park extends across much of the city, offering 17 miles of landscaped walkways highlighted by gazebos, boardwalks and bridges, which provide opportunities for jogging, bicycling, walking and picnicking.
Guided tours are offered of the Historic Adventist Village , 411 Champion St. The religious community features restored and re-created 19th-century buildings; phone (269) 965-3000.
Visitor InfoCalhoun County Visitors Bureau One Riverwalk Centre, 34 W. Jackson St. BATTLE CREEK, MI 49017. Phone:(269)962-2240 or (800)397-2240
Things to SeeArt Center of Battle Creek