Just how important is southwest Michigan to the history of the state? When Michigan joined the union in 1837, there were only 16 incorporated cities and villages. Half of them were in the southwest corner of the state.
Michigan borders some of the largest inland bodies of water and the Great Lakes are capable of producing storms that are the equivalent of tropical storms and hurricanes as was the case in September of 1996.
Constructed in 1924 before Parchment was even an incorporated city, the Mosel Avenue Bridge, which spanned Riverview Drive and the Kalamazoo River, holds a special place in the memories of longtime residents in the Parchment community.