Introduction to Three Rivers, Michigan
Three Rivers History
The community of Three Rivers was named because of its' location at the confluence of the St. Joseph River, the Rocky River, and the Portage River. Jacob McInterfer, who arrived in 1828 and established his home, was followed by several other families. The village of "Lockport" was platted in 1836 and in the same year, Hon. John H. Bowman established the community of Three Rivers. In 1871, this city annexed Lockport. A Benedictine monastery of the Episcopal Church, known as the St. Gregory's Abbey, was established in Three Rivers in 1946.
Three Rivers and Nearby Attractions
- Elkhart County Historical Museum
- Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site
- Fort Custer Recreation Area
- Kalamazoo Nature Center
- Binder Park Zoo
Things To Do In Three Rivers
Three Rivers is close to numerous museums. The Elkhart County Historical Museum showcases artifacts of historic importance. The National New York Central Railroad Museum exhibits box cars, locomotives, a railroad post office, and a diner. The Midwest Museum of American Art features 19th and 20th century watercolors, photographs, sculptures, and paintings. Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site, the Battle Creek Sanatarium, and W.K. Kellogg House are historic sites nearby. The 1,000-acre Kalamazoo Nature Center includes forests, wetlands, and prairies. At the Fort Custer Recreation Area, visitors can enjoy camping, boating, fishing, and hiking. Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory, Black Pine Animal Park, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, and W.J. Beal Botanical Garden are other popular attractions in the area.
Three Rivers Transportation
Air transportation is available from the Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport.
Three Rivers Higher Education
Colleges close to Three Rivers are Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Kellogg Community College, and University of Notre Dame.