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Glance at the Past - Old Plank Road

Plank roads evoke the mystique of days gone by, but those old wooden planks held little charm for travelers.
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The Plank Road connected Kalamazoo to Grand Rapids, its thriving neighbor to the north. This 19th century middle passage finally limited the more than 30 mile trip to a single day's journey.

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