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Watervliet, Michigan, a little more ...
Watervliet is a city in the Charter Township of Watervliet, Berrien County.
The first person to begin a settlement of significance in what would become known as Watervliet, was a Mr. Sumner.
Sumner and a partner, Mr. Wheeler, built a sawmill on the Paw Paw River in 1833. This site was called "Waterford" in reference to the flowing waters of the Paw Paw River.
In 1849, a post office was established in the village with Mr. Swain appointed as postmaster. With the new post office, it became necessary to change the name of the village since another Michigan city had already claimed "Waterford". "Watervliet", a Dutch term meaning "flowing waters", was chosen instead.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.2 square miles, all land.
See also: The History of Watervliet, Michigan and The History of Berrien County, Michigan
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