Introduction to Springfield, Michigan
Springfield, Michigan is 3 miles W of Battle Creek, Michigan (center to center) and 97 miles NW of Toledo, Ohio. The city, which is located in Calhoun county, is part of the Kalamazoo - Battle Creek metro area.
Until D. J. Merrill officially platted the area in 1904, it was known as "Merrill Park." Later, C.W. Post established a cereal factory. Originally from Springfield, Illinois, he renamed the community "Springfield," after his hometown. Until the mid 20th century, Springfield remained part of the Battle Creek Township. It was incorporated as a city in 1952 and in 1960, it was annexed to Battle Creek city. However, because this annexation caused significant opposition, in 1954, the city of Springfield was given back its own identity. It is home to the Springfield Air Base which is operated by the National Guard.
Springfield and Nearby Attractions
- Little Falls Historical Society & Museum
- Battle Creek Sanatarium
- Kalamazoo Valley Museum
- Binder Park Zoo
- W.J. Beal Botanical Garden
- Fort Custer Recreation Area
Things To Do In Springfield
The Little Falls Historical Society Museum showcases maps, documents, photographs, children's toys, and other historical memorabilia from the 19th and the early 20th century. Battle Creek Sanatarium, and W.K. Kellogg House are two places of historic importance near Springfield. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Springbrook Golf Course. Upton Park, Rothchild Park, and Begg Park are popular parks in the city. Begg Park features a Disc Golf Course. The Farmers Market, another popular place to visit in Springfield, features frequent car shows and craft exhibitions. The Battle Creek area also hosts several festivals like the Art Fair at the Creek, Cereal Festival, the International Summer Fest, the World Balloon/ Air Show, and International Festival of Lights.
Air transportation is available from the Battle Creek International Airport.
Springfield Higher Education
Kellogg Community College, Western Michigan University, Robert B. Miller College, and Spring Arbor University are some of the colleges near Springfield.