Battle Creek (Michigan)

Battle Creek is a city in Calhoun County, West Michigan. 2003 estimated population 53,827. 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.

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

Get in

By car

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

By bus

Greyhound stops at the Intermodal station downtown.

By train

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).

By plane

Kellogg Regional Airport handles private air traffic, but commercial flights operate from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek regional airport in Kalamazoo.


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.





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

Routes through Battle Creek

Chicago Kalamazoo  W  E  East Lansing Port Huron
Chicago Kalamazoo  W  E  Jackson Detroit
Michigan City Kalamazoo  W  E  Marshall Ann Arbor

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