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We're Incorporated

Beautify Pullman became incorporated in the State of Michigan on October 13, 2020. Charitable Solicitation Approval was received from the Office of the Attorney General on October 16, 2020.

We're a 501(c)(3)

Beautify Pullman received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status from the IRS on December 12, 2020.

Community Beautification Lifts Spirits and More

Did you know that beauty is among the top three most influential factors in community attachment? Beautify Pullman is working hard inspire community spirit through beautification. You can read more about the benefits of community beautification and some interesting opportunities for beautification in this article.

Beautify Pullman featured in the Holland Sentinel, March 18, 2021

 

 

 

Beautify Pullman presents to the Lee Township Board April 12, 2021

On Monday, April 12th, Beautify Pullman made a presentation of its accomplishments and Plans to the Lee Township Board and community.  

Pullman Parks Initiative 

On Monday, September 13, 2021, Beautify Pullman made a presented a plan to improve Pullman's parks to the Lee Township Board and community.  

Feb 23, 2022 - Beautify Pullman Awarded $100,000 Grant

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We've all noted the loss of our beautiful trees in the four corner area with sorrow. Many of you have reached out to Beautify Pullman to see if we might work together to replace these trees. We want to try! Working with owners of the affected properties and supporters like you, we hope to succeed.


First, some history about our little town: the four corners area is part of a plat called Taylor's first addition. George K. Taylor, a Pullman businessman with shares in many early local businesses, had this property subdivided and sold each lot with an established tree on it. Some of the recently removed trees are believed to be over 100 years old, a very valuable part of our heritage.


The reason for their removal is, hopefully, progress. The Road Commission has received a grant to widen the streets and add turn lanes, crosswalks, curbs and improved drainage at the intersection of 56th Street and 109th Avenue. These are all worthy goals.


Still, according to the Arbor Day Foundation, "Healthy trees are key to the health of some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. They support wildlife and aquatic life by providing habitat and keep our waterways healthy. Trees help us by providing clean sources of drinking water, buffers against extreme weather, provide medicines, offer outdoor recreation and enrich human culture."


The benefits of trees in our community cannot be overstated. Leaves filter the air we breathe, give beauty to the landscape, provide homes to our feathered friends and fruits and nuts for us to eat.


Beautify Pullman will place donation jars in local businesses, accept donations and work with local landowners to replace what we have lost. The help you provide is, as always, deeply appreciated.

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As 2022 winds down, Beautify Pullman is reflecting on the past and planning for the future. We live in a community of tremendous good will and potential. Through survey results, countless conversations and close collaboration with other community groups, we are planning for our third year of operations.


Over the first two years of Beautify Pullman’s existence, with a show of unity and strength from volunteers and donors, we’ve made some very big changes in our little town.

The list starts with flower planters and a history mural in our first year; and in our second? A lovely new park designed for use by every segment of the community and a StoryWalk created for young children and their families.


With a foundation in place, there are opportunities to grow our mission in ways that were not possible before.


Picture a thriving Farmer’s Market in the Town Square Pavilion—imagine people having new ways to provide healthy, nutritious meals. Even though we live in the midst of farms, fields and orchards, Pullman is considered a food desert. For Farmer’s Market vendors and customers, buying and selling locally will become a reality.


Our survey tells us a concert series in the Pavilion would be another way for us to gather and build community spirit. We’ve already started a new tradition of Sundays In The Park made possible by working with our neighbors.


We’ve learned that our only limit is our imagination and the need to imagine a future in our township without limits. A community that works together for the betterment of the whole is a community that thrives. Dreams are coming true in Lee Township and we thank you once again for your help and commitment.

December 2022

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10,000 years ago Southwest Michigan, including Pullman, was completely covered by glaciers; glaciers which are thought to have been up to a mile thick. The Great Lakes were carved out by glaciers and so were the 11,000 inland lakes in Michigan, 6 of which are located within Lee Township. Our soil was enriched by deposits left behind the glaciers, resulting in the rich farmland we see all around us and in which the most delicious fruit and vegetables are grown.


During this period huge creatures roamed our area including Castorides, a 250 pound beaver, the Jefferson mammoth and the American Mastodon. Over 300 Mastodon fossils have been found in Michigan.


In just the blink of an eye in geologic time we fast forward to the time of the Hopewell people, a confederation of tribes that utilized a vast trading system, stretching from Lee Township to Florida. The Hopewell, specifically a tribe called the Goodall, lived in our area between 2 and 3 thousand years ago and were responsible for the mounds that still exist in our township.

Blink your eyes again and we have arrived in the nineteenth century. The Potawatomi were residing in our community but being pushed West under the Indian Removal Act. Leopold and Simon Pokagon, father and son, lived part of their lives in Lee Township, they were very well known and well educated members of the St. Joseph Tribe.

In 1844 Thomas Scott was the original and lone settler of Lee Township. Both Upper and Lower Scott Lakes are named after him. He farmed and hunted here between 1844 and 1849. He left our area to join the forty-niners and headed west to California where he was reported to have made a fortune gold mining on the Pacific Slope.


The lumber companies arrived in 1858 and the Township was organized in 1859. Thomas Raplee was the first Supervisor and the Township was named for a portion of his last name. 4 sawmills were operating in Lee Township by 1872 and the town center was called Hoppertown. On July 15, 1901 the citizens renamed Hoppertown "Pullman."

In 1898 George K. Taylor purchased a grocery store from Richard Blanchard. He threw himself into a variety of business interests; he was instrumental in having the pickle factory moved from Bravo to Pullman in 1901, He was renown for his "spot cash"system, his expanded grocery stock and his lumberyard. He was a produce broker and also purchased 14 acres on Lower Scott Lake, developing it into a summer resort. In addition to all of his other enterprises he was also a farmer. In 1912 Taylor, Hunziger and Seymour went into business together and developed the H.T.S. store. It took up most of a city block, had a 2nd story of goods and operated an ice cream parlour in the summers. A portion of the original building remains and is still selling groceries as Preferred Market.

A history as rich and varied as ours requires several blog posts--more to follow!

Beautify Pullman, with the cooperation of Frontier Communications,is very excited to have engaged the talents of muralist Conrad Kauffman. He will be featuring Pullman history on the Frontier building. Mr. Kauffman, who grew up in nearby Bangor, will be depicting significant events in our timeline, from the Mound Builders to the logging industry and settlers, the railroad and much more. He will be working with several high school artists and photographing residents, who will have their faces added to the mural. Mr. Kauffman has done a number of murals in downtown Kalamazoo and we are delighted he will be painting ours. We are also planning a number of "selfie walls" on local businesses, some for fun and some depicting endangered local flora and fauna. Selfie walls are just what they sound like--you take a photo of your selfie in front of them!


Deborah Laraway

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