Dowagiac, Michigan (Images of America Series)

Dowagiac, Michigan (Images of America Series)

by Steven Arseneau, Ann Thompson


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The story of Dowagiac’s first 100 years may ring familiar to other small cities across the United States. After Dowagiac was established on a railroad line in 1848, new settlers arrived and had the opportunity to establish large-scale factories in the young village. This growth would last for a full century, fueled by the Round Oak Stove Company and other manufacturers in the city. Because of its manufacturing base, immigrants moved to Dowagiac, and the small city enjoyed strong business and manufacturing districts, solid educational institutions, and a vibrant social life. Surrounding lakes provided one venue for entertainment, while downtown Dowagiac offered theaters and fairs. This book documents and celebrates the history of Dowagiac with over 200 photographs from the collection of the Museum at Southwestern Michigan College.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738534220
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 07/01/2005
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 771,960
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Authors Steven Arseneau and Ann Thompson are employees of the Museum at Southwestern Michigan College, a local history and science museum in Dowagiac. Arseneau has served as curator of history since 1998 and Thompson has been the museum director since 2002.

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