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Kalamazoo, Michigan
(269) 216-4788
www.douglasneighborhoodassociation.com

NEIGHBORHOOD HISTORY

  • The West Douglas Neighborhood Association was formed in 1979 by concerned neighborhood citizens. It became incorporated in 1980 and later called the Fairmont Neighborhood Association. As a result of the closure of the West Douglas Neighborhood Association in early 2012, a group of neighbors formed the Douglas Neighborhood Association in March 2012 to continue serving the neighborhood.

  • The highest point in Kalamazoo is found in the Douglas Neighborhood and is located at the old Kalamazoo Regional Psychiatric Hospital grounds on Blakeslee and Prairie (now home to Prairie Gardens senior community).

  • Our neighborhood was once home to a tuberculosis hospital.

  • Street cars once ran out from the center of the City to our area.

  • The Mountain Home Cemetery was established in 1849. A famous Arctic Explorer named Israels is buried there, along with many of Kalamazoo's former mayors, business persons, and founding fathers.

  • Douglas Avenue began as an old Native American path, later became a planked road, then brick, and now pavement.

  • The building on the corner of Alamo and Douglas was the stagecoach stop for all points north.

  • There are many houses in our neighborhood built in the 1800's. Our neighborhood was featured in the book "Kalamazoo: Lost and Found". The book includes a photo on page 217 of a Queen Ann located within our neighborhood and interesting history about The City of Kalamazoo.