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Monday, June 4, 2012

Mill Race Fountain in Battle Creek

There's a story behind this lovely cascading waterfall fountain in downtown Battle Creek. Back in the early 1800's Sands McCamly rightfully figured out the if he built a channel between the Kalamazoo River and the Battle Creek that it would create a mill race. With one river being higher than the other, the surging water in the man-made channel would provide the power for mills and the grinding of wheat and straw and such. The Mill Race Fountain was built in memory of those mills and the artwork on the walls shows scenes from the original mill race with a plaque honoring Sands himself and his great idea.

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