Historical Albion Michigan
By Frank Passic

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Morning Star, September 15, 2019, pg. 10

I wish everyone a great time at our annual Festival of the Forks this Friday and Saturday, September 21- 22. Come on down and enjoy what Albion has to offer you and your family. When you come, be sure to stop by and see me at my Albion History Booth on Saturday in downtown Albion in front of the former Huntington Bank, (formerly the First Merit Bank, formerly Citizenís Bank, formerly City Bank & Trust Company, formerly the Commercial & Savings Bank) under the former bank time/temperature sign at 207 S. Superior St. Iíll have my three remaining book titles available: "Growing Up in Albion," "Albion in Review," and "A History of the Albion Public Schools," as well as other very interesting items.

Here is one of the earliest descriptions of Albion, from the 1838 Gazetteer of Michigan: "Albion, a village of recent origin, situated on the Kalamazoo River, on the located [proposed] route of the central railroad in Albion Township, Calhoun County. It has a post office, a saw mill, a flouring mill, a tavern, 3 stores, and 4 physicians. It is on the surveyed road from Monroe to Marshall, and one and a half miles south of the Territorial Road, ten miles from Marshall and 100 from Detroit. It contains about 40 dwellings, and is in a thriving condition." Thatís how we got our start, folks.

In 1985, Albion celebrated its 150th anniversary. As part of the celebration, a special sesquicentennial monument was erected at the entrance to Rieger Park, just downstream from the original "Forks" of the Kalamazoo River. As you enter the Park from E. Erie St., look to your left and youíll see this low-profile "wall" which is shaped like the forks of a river.

On this monument a plaque was placed to commemorate the celebration, and was funded by the Albion Civic Foundation. This plaque states "1835 Albion 1985. Erected in Celebration of 150 Years of Agriculture, Commerce, Education & Industry and as a Challenge for 150 More Years of Community Progress. A GOOD LIFE. The Albion Civic Foundation."

From our Historical Notebook this week we present a photograph of that monument in the distance at the entrance to Rieger Park, and the plaque which is placed upon it. How many of our readers have taken the time to view this monument? Iíll see you this coming Saturday. Be sure and stop by.

Sesquicentennial Monument at the entrance to Rieger Park

Sesquicentennial Park Plaque, 1985 in Rieger Park


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