Battle Creek

Battle Creek is a city in Calhoun County, West Central Michigan, with a population of 51,000 (2019). It is well known for its breakfast cereal industry (Kelloggs and Post both started here) and the Battle Creek Sanitarium which was a high-end health spa started by W.K. Kellogg that was very popular with well-to-dos of the time. It is also known as the home of Sojurner Truth, famous for her work for women's rights and African American freedoms.


The city was prosperous for much of the 20th century, but like many small Midwestern cities, manufacturing jobs have declined in number and wages have stagnated. 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.

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.

Visitor information[edit]

Get in[edit]

Map of Battle Creek (Michigan)

By car[edit]

Battle Creek is located between Chicago and Detroit on Interstate 94.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound stops at the Intermodal station downtown.

By train[edit]

  • 1 Battle Creek Transportation Center. Amtrak has several trains per day to Chicago (all westbound trains), Ann Arbor/Detroit (eastbound Wolverine Service), and Lansing/Port Huron (eastbound Blue Water Service). Battle Creek Transportation Center (Q4870006) on Wikidata Battle Creek Transportation Center on Wikipedia

By plane[edit]


Battle Creek is the home of the Kellogg Company and Post Foods (division of Kraft Foods), famous for cereal and breakfast foods. The factories are located on the east side of town, but no tours are offered.

  • 1 Hart-Doyle-Inoye Federal Center, 74 North Washington Ave. The former Battle Creek Sanitarium building and its twin-towers dominate the city skyline. The building itself has a fascinating history, but current security guidelines mean that non-employees cannot enter the facilities. Hart-Dole-Inouye Federal Center (Q5674046) on Wikidata Hart–Dole–Inouye Federal Center on Wikipedia
  • 2 Sojurner Truth monument. Sojurner Truth, famous for her work in both women's rights and African American freedoms, was from Battle Creek and a large statue of her likeness can be see coming into town from the expressway, surrounded with various information placards.
  • 3 First United Methodist Church of Battle Creek. One of Martin Luther King, Jr's last speeches was given here. A plaque commemorates the altar from which the speech was given.
  • 4 Binder Park Zoo, 7400 Division Drive, +1 269 979-1351, . Binder Park Zoo (Q4913983) on Wikidata Binder Park Zoo on Wikipedia
  • 5 Kellogg Community College. Has a permanent art collection distributed throughout the campus. Kellogg Community College (Q6385846) on Wikidata Kellogg Community College on Wikipedia
  • 6 Leila Arboretum. Leila Arboretum (Q6519839) on Wikidata Leila Arboretum on Wikipedia
  • 7 Kingman Museum, 175 Limit St, +1 269-965-5117, . A natural history museum. Has a advanced planetarium. Kingman Museum (Q6412823) on Wikidata Kingman Museum on Wikipedia
  • Kimball House Museum, 196 Capital Ave. Kimball House Museum (Q76329813) on Wikidata


  • 1 Firekeepers Casino (just West of Town off Interstate 94 at exit 104), +1 877-352-8777. It has many slots and tables games, restaurants, bars, and a stage which attracts many high-profile performers. FireKeepers Casino (Q5451280) on Wikidata FireKeepers Casino Hotel on Wikipedia
  • 2 Fort Custer State Recreation Area, 5163 Fort Custer Dr, Augusta, +1 269-731-4200 (park), toll-free: +1-800-447-2757 (camping reservations). Part of the old Fort Custer army facility, centered on Eagle Lake. The State Park offers camping, swimming, and boating. Fort Custer Recreation Area (Q5471006) on Wikidata Fort Custer Recreation Area on Wikipedia
  • 3 W.K. Kellogg Auditorium.


  • Field of Flight: 4 July annually. Each year, around the Independence Day holiday, the Field of Flight takes place at Kellogg airport. This includes an air show (often including the USAF Thunderbirds), a carnival midway, and the famous hot air balloon launch.
  • CerealFest (The World's Longest Breakfast Table): mid-June. takes place every summer in downtown Battle Creek, featuring parades, entertainment and free cereal. (date needs fixing)
  • Festival of Lights: late November – early January. takes place every throughout Battle Creek with most buildings sporting Christmas lights, and light-up displays of the 12 Days of Christmas with a Kellogg's twist. (date needs fixing)



The usual chain-type family restaurants are clustered near I-94 on the southern edge of town.



motels are mostly located near the Interstate highway.


Go next[edit]

  • Kalamazoo
  • Gull Lake is a half-hour NW of the city.
  • Marshall is a pretty little town east of Battle Creek, the Dark Horse Brewery there has excellent micro-brew beer in a casual atmosphere. Marshall also has many fine Victorian houses and a pedestrian-friendly downtown.
Routes through Battle Creek
ChicagoKalamazoo  W  E  East LansingPort Huron
ChicagoKalamazoo  W  E  JacksonDetroit
Michigan CityKalamazoo  W  E  MarshallAnn Arbor
Grand Rapids ← Jct W E  N  S  END

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