Battle Creek is a city in Calhoun County, West Michigan. 2003 estimated population 53,827. The city annexed several nearby areas in the 1980s and 90s, and now has an area of 43 square miles, much of it sparsely-populated.
Well known for its breakfast cereal industry (Kelloggs and Post both started here), and the Sanitarium. Also know for it's involvement in the abolitionists movement and underground railroad, and for it becoming the home of Sojurner Truth. Battle Creek was also the birthplace of the Seventh-Day Adventists Church, with a historic village for it being found in town. The city was prosperous for much of the twentieth century, but like many small Midwestern cities, manufacturing jobs have declined in number and wages have stagnated recently. Kellogg Cereal, which supported the now-closed Cereal City attraction, has been especially hard-hit.
The city is located next to Fort Custer, a large National Guard base. Part of the old Fort Custer army base is now a State Park.
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