Battle Creek Michigan more than just cereal

You never know what's right next door!

I started out my day having my daughter drive me around, taking pictures at a cemetery for another Hub.  I really like visiting older cemeteries and making up stories in my head of how people lived and died.  I ended up looking around at the wonderful city of Battle Creek, Michigan thinking “Hey, this town is a great place for those looking to take a vacation”.  So for benefit of you readers, I have taken pictures of Battle Creek and will give you little tidbits of information.

It's amazing what one will find when out taking pictures of something else.  You just might find your own vacation spot right next door!


The sites of Battle Creek, Mi

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Welcome to Battle CreekA little about Sojourner TruthHer memorialKelloggs welcome signTony the Tiger and Tony Jr.The Kellogg factoryIn front of PostPart if the Post HouseVisitor Entrance to PostThe Post AdditionPennimen Castle from the sidefrom the frontPennimen Castle in its original glory before the top floor burned.More of Pennimen CastleMcCamly PlazaKellogg ArenaFull BlastRalston FoodsFederal Center'Jetson' house
Welcome to Battle Creek
Welcome to Battle Creek
A little about Sojourner Truth
A little about Sojourner Truth
Her memorial
Her memorial
Kelloggs welcome sign
Kelloggs welcome sign
Tony the Tiger and Tony Jr.
Tony the Tiger and Tony Jr.
The Kellogg factory
The Kellogg factory
In front of Post
In front of Post
Part if the Post House
Part if the Post House
Visitor Entrance to Post
Visitor Entrance to Post
The Post Addition
The Post Addition
Pennimen Castle from the side
Pennimen Castle from the side
from the front
from the front
Pennimen Castle in its original glory before the top floor burned.
Pennimen Castle in its original glory before the top floor burned.
More of Pennimen Castle
More of Pennimen Castle
McCamly Plaza
McCamly Plaza
Kellogg Arena
Kellogg Arena
Full Blast
Full Blast
Ralston Foods
Ralston Foods
Federal Center
Federal Center
'Jetson' house
'Jetson' house

Sojourner Truth to welcome you!

As you enter Battle Creek from M-66 there is a lovely welcome sign, welcoming you to the town. Don’t go to far because just ahead on the right you will find a tribute to Sojourner Truth, who passed away in Battle Creek. She happens to be a Hero to many, but particularly to the people of Battle Creek, because she chose this as her final resting place.

I never did find her ‘actual’ headstone but I did find the memorial that was erected in her honor. A fellow hubber, mythbuster wrote an awesome article on the life of Sojourner Truth and I won’t even attempt to follow in his footsteps. Suffice it to say that I was able to get some pictures that he wasn’t able to.

From there I went by the Kelloggs cereal factory. Tony the Tiger and Tony Jr. are still watching vigil over the city as they stand in front of the factory. Turning around I went back to Post cereal which is only a block or so away.

The Post factory still has a visitors entrance and I managed to get a photo of the old Post hose which is still functioning, and huge. It seems as though they started one section then continued to build on it for years, this picture is just a small portion of this house. In order to help out it’s workers Post built houses in an area which they named Post addition built in 1904. Not many of the workers live in this neighborhood, but it is still alive and well.


Pennimen Castle

From there I visited the Castle, yes Battle Creek, Mi boasts an actual castle.  It is called Pennimen Castle, and its history can be found on the historical Castles website.  A few years ago I met the owner of this Castle, he told me a little bit about it.  At this point it has been divided into apartments with renters living in it.  In 1941 there was a fire that destroyed the top floor and it was never re-built.  There is a piano that is inside the castle that can never be removed unless it is in pieces.  I was invited at the time to tour the Castle and I could not find the time much to my regret, since he current owners do not offer tours, sad to say. 

The Castle sits on the corner of Main St. and Kingman, they are used to people passing by and stopping to take pictures.  The current residents have decorated it for Halloween.  From the Castle we zipped by the old Train Depot, it has some very nice brick work.  It no longer is used for trains but does not sit empty, it is now used for the Community Action Agency and is kept quite lovely.


A Lovely place to stay

From there we traveled by the McCamly Plaza Hotel, which is an extremely nice hotel which over looks the city from it’s height and is within walking distance of the many places to view. On the main floor of the plaza you will find shops and restaurants to eat at. Attached to the McCamly Plaza Hotel is the Kellogg Arena which host many concerts, circuses, car shows, Monster truck shows, wrestling and just about anything you can imagine seeing, they have it there. It seems when passing by there are all sorts of tour buses with celebrities performing.

Directly across the street from this hotel is Full Blast, an indoor water park, work out room with gym and basketball court for those so inclined. During the summer it is also an outdoor water park, children are asked to be supervised by parents. So please do not drop off your children with the hopes of having an all day babysitter.


In town and out of town

In the downtown area there is plenty to see, the cobblestone bricks are still in place and repaired often to keep as much as the original look to the city. In the winter there are ’The Festival of Lights’ the whole town participates in this. Bring your thermos of hot chocolate as you walk along the walkway for several city blocks viewing the many different light displays.

In the summer there is the air show in July at the airport with the Balloon festival. The sky comes alive with balloons from all over, with various races during the week. There are plenty of people who offer rides to those who are willing to view the city by air. Seeing the different shapes and sizes of the hot air balloons floating through the air is a sight to behold.

You will find ’The Comedy Club’ theatre, with many comedians who find their way into this town. The name of the Comedy Club used to be Gary Fields Comedy Club, but he moved to the downtown area. The address is 51 Michigan Ave. for those who may be looking for a fun night out.

If your looking for a Micro brewery try the Arcadia, it seems to be a hot spot with plenty of night life action. If you feel like stopping in at ‘Claire’s on the River’ you will get a wonderful meal along with a little history, Claire’s used to be a depot.


Yet more to see

In order to be fair I also snapped a picture of The Ralston Food company.  To complete my story I had to get a picture of the Federal Center.  I have been inside the Federal Center, before 9-11-2001, it is magnificent in its intricate leather work.  In the foyer which spans 2 floors, if you look up you will see the ceiling which is leather in it’s entirety.  At some point I may get brave enough to ask if I can get some pictures.  It is a sight that one would never forget. 

It started out beginning as a Sanatorium for those who were very ill, some say it is haunted.  This was the beginning of the cereal boom.  Well, the idea behind the cereal boom.  Mr. Kellogg and Mr. Post decided to collaborate together and create something ’good for you’ to eat in the mornings.  They ended up parting of the ways.  

As we continued on our travels we passed by the Leila Arboretum, which is also home to the Kingman Museum.   The batteries in my camera died at this point, and I had forgotten  had an extra set of slightly useable batteries in my purse.  The trails for walking are clearly marked and in the winter sledders are more than welcome to skid down the hills.  The wind whipping in your face with the snow burning your cheeks only makes you want to run back to the top and do it all again!


The Jetson House

As we were heading back home (it is late September at the time of this writing and is starting to get chilly) I found those batteries and had to take one last picture!  We call it “The Jetson House”.  About 10 years ago it went up for sale and just for fun we decided to look at it.  The house faces about 5 acres of semi-wooded lawn, it’s the house that has the appeal.  It has an elevator to go from the garage (under the house)  to the top floor!  When peeking through the windows we seen why we termed it “The Jetson House”, from the cartoon.  I expected Rosie to pop out from one of the cupboards.  It was built in the late 1950’s early 60’s and is still what one would term very modern, with all sorts of built in things in the kitchen. 

It was either the tornado that passed thru the yard 5 years ago, or word got around about it being the ’Jetson house’ because they now have ’No Trespassing’ signs  and ‘No Entry’ with ‘Do Not Disturb’ marking all over the property and the drive. 


Downtown Battle Creek with Binder Park Zoo as last

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235 Porter St, Battle Creek, MI 49014, USA
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Stop on by!


Just taking photos of the town reminded me what a great place it is to visit as well as live,  I used to live there 8 years ago, and now I was looking at it with ‘new’ eyes.  These are just a few things to see in Battle Creek, if you happen to stop by make sure to take time to visit the Binder Park Zoo as well.  In October they have the ‘Zoo Boo’, so make sure you show up in costume!

So if by chance your traveling on I-94 through the beautiful State of Michigan go North on M-66 and take a tour of the lovely town of Battle Creek!  Plan a day or two so you have the opportunity to see all the sites that Battle Creek has to offer!

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Dusty89 6 years ago from Bedford MI

Nice stories, good facts and with a touch of funny


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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

I'm a Michigan native. Great job. Enjoyed reading about places I grew up knowing.


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Thanks Dustin! Glad you liked it, since you're up close and personal with Battle Creek that says a lot to me!

@ Denise - Thanks! I didn't make you long for home too much did I? Or maybe I wanted to! LOL There really is so many neat things in BC to see that I just felt the need to share!


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Sweetsusieg; Battlecreek, sounds like a quaint little American town, and since I grewup on their cereals, I should stop by sometime and check it out. Thank you.

Brother Dave.


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

By all means Dave, stop on by! We would love to have you. I should have put in... As I was driving around the city the smell of cereal was in the air, because it was! I couldn't quite distinguish what kind they were making yesterday, usually when they are making the chocolate you really get a good smell! It makes you hungry to drive through town.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Thanks, susie, for the tour through Battle Creek and especially the great photos. It must be fun to live in a town that continually smells like Frosted Flakes or Froot Loops. Wonder if the inhabitants eat more breakfast cereal per capita than any other city.


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

Well you are most welcome! Glad you enjoyed it. It does smell just like whatever cereal they are making. Well I think they do eat a lot of cereal. I know it's available at the schools everyday.

Thanks for reading and commenting!


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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Great hub, Sweetsusieg. I'd like to see Pennimen Castle if I'm ever able to get to the right area of Michigan. Thanks for the info. I've got you linked to the Sojourner Truth hub now, so thanks for linking, too.


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Sweetsusieg 6 years ago from Michigan Author

You are most welcome! Pennimen Castle is pretty awesome. The first time I went by it I think I scared the snot out of my husband, screaming in excitement. I made him turn around so I could get a better look.

The visit to the Sojourner Truth memorial I have to say was my first. I was awesome. The pics don't do it justice. She stands about 12 feet tall, I should have stood next to her for a more accurate photo.

Thanks for linking!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting!


Staci Wyman-Kueny 5 years ago

Sojourner Truth's grave site is located in Woodlawn Cemetery. The Cemetery is tucked back behind one of the elementary schools off of Main Street, forgive me for forgetting the name it has been forever since I have been "home" to Battle Creek, CW Post, WK Kellogg, and a few other Battle Creek Celebs are buried in the same cemetery as well!


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

I know there is Oak Hill Cemetery, where her tribute is. I was told that her grave wasn't marked for some odd reason or another. I did get pictures of those in my other hub 'headstones'.

How long has it been since you were here? There have been many changes in the last few years.

Thanks for stopping by!


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

I live a little more than two miles from Battle Creek. If I ever visit, I will look for, among other things, the Pennimen Castle. Thanks for the glimpses of the city. Voted USEFUL and INTERESTING.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan Author

It really is amazing, if you live near here you have probably passed by it several times and not known!! I remember the first time I seen it, I said "Oh look!! That is just like a castle!!" LOL Well it is! I was surprised to see it in the castle website as well. I hope you get the chance to stop by and take a peek at it.

Thanks for stopping by here and commenting!


staceybubbles 4 years ago

this was put together very well. =) I grew up in battle creek, born and stayed there until 21. Its nice when people take an interest in that very nice place. My daughter goes every summer (for a month or so) and always comes back having learned something new about the history of the city and or with a picture of her standing next to a statue (she's 6). I'll have to get her up there early one summer so she can make it to the Worlds Longest Breakfast Table, and the Hot Air Balloon Championships. She's seen the balloons all over the skies - but one year was lucky enough to see a few launch from in front of my aunts house (we just happened to be visiting at the right moment, hadn't even bothered to check the launch schedule), but not the breakfast table. Battle Creek is a very nice place to live and raise a family. I do indeed plan on moving back in the next few years. ***im currently writing a paper on Sojourner Truth and stumbled across your article. Oh and p.s. my mother works at the Federal Center, so we still get to go in and looks at all the intricately detailed structural work. =) i LOVE the chandeliars and the support pillars....Just GORGEOUS.


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Sweetsusieg 4 years ago from Michigan Author

Oh how lucky you are!! To be able to see inside the Federal Center! There is so much history inside that building. I guess I am glad that the Gov't took an interest in it and keeps up with any repairs, so the next generations can take a peek inside from time to time. They used to allow High School proms in there, not sure if they do that any more.

A few weeks ago I drove by Kellogg's - Tony and Tony Junior were not in attendance. They are doing a lot of renovations in that area and I am hoping those two will be returned to watch over the city at some point.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I'm so glad you have good memories of our little corner of the world!

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