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Galesburg is located about five miles east of Kalamazoo on M-96 in Comstock Township. It is also accessible from I-94, which runs parallel toM- 96 a mile south, on the other side of the Kalamazoo River. This growing community has its own school system and is supported by small businesses and several manufacturing facilities, including auto parts production. In the middle of town stands a bust of General William Rufus Shafter. He received the medal of honor for bravery in 1862 during the Civil War when he fought at Fair Oaks, Virginia as an infantryman. He later led the capture of Santiago and the eastern section of the Island of Cuba, in the Spanish American War of 1895. |
Situated in eastern Kalamazoo County, Galesburg was first settled by George L. Gale in 1835. He originally named the town Morton, after John L. Morton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. In 1837, a citizens committee voted in favor of the present name, and a year later received a post office. It was incorporated as a village in 1861 and later as a city in 1931.
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