Site No.19: River Bluff Park

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For a short walk/hike through a wooden ravine that leads to a scenic view of the Kalamazoo River, stop here and enjoy a nature break. 

Look at the historic site marker by the road and you will see that you are driving on the Old Allegan Road. When Allegan County was organized in 1835, the only road from the interior to Lake Michigan followed an Indian trail along the Kalamazoo River. In 1838, Ralph Mann of Connecticut was supervising improvements at the short-lived town of Richmond. He and two men widened the trail eight miles from Richmond toward Allegan. Beginning in the 1840’s stagecoaches traveled this road used by settlers, traders, and trappers. The Allegan Road provided an important link between the county seat and the lake.

River Bluff Park

 

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