We are happy that the Labor Day Albion Walk the Trail event has been growing since we helped to market the event since 2016. The walk the trail event started about 5 years earlier, but there were no group photos before then.
See how the crowd has grown since 2016!
Read through the posts below to learn more about the history of the event, and the world famous public parks of Albion that we tour, including History Hill in Holland Park.
Labor Day Albion - Walk the River Trail - has been a popular event for a decade. Albion is becoming known as a Hub of Trails. This year, the walk will be un-official and self-guided. To read article about the trails, and to see many more photos and maps, visit this link: Albion Trails Past years walks: Walk the Albion River Trail Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will not be an official Labor Day Albion - Walk the River Trail event for 2020. Nevertheless, the Albion Recreation Department invites the public to get outdoors to enjoy the trail, and the historic displays at Holland Park this year. Labor Day is a good day to take a free, self-guided walk along Albion’s scenic river trail. If you do come, please practice social distancing and bring your own face mask, water, bug repellent, phone, sunscreen, hiking shoes, etc. Hikers are encouraged to stop by the beautiful displays at History Hill in Holland Park, near the corner of Cass Street and Albion Street, to read about the history of Albion’s West Ward School. The school closed in 1953, as students’ parents recognized the school as “separate but unequal” within the Albion school district. In previous ... Read More
Labor Day Albion - Walk the Trail has been sponsored by the Albion Health Care Alliance for the past 15 years. This link goes to the official event page: http://www.albionhca.org/labor-day-walk-the-trai.html Click the photos to see the enlargements. Captions are located above the images. It was a beautiful day in Albion on Labor Day, Monday, September 2, 2019. The walkers gathered at the Victory Park Bandshell to pose for a group photo with the new Trail Town banner. Albion was recently recognized as a Trail Town community by the North Country Trail Association for its various hiking and biking events. Hikers walked across three of Albion's 19 bridges and viewed the farmer's market area, the river, and different Albion landmarks including the Coca Cola mural and the blue water tower. Labor Day Albion Walk the Trail featured some new segments including two historical speakers, visitors from the North Country Trail Association, and food for the participants. The first speaker, Leslie Dick, spoke about how Holland Park came to be transformed from a place where children had to invent their own play equipment, that was sometimes not safe, to a place where several annual events are held, and there is equipment not ... Read More
Labor Day Albion 2019 - Walk the Trail included an educational segment in Holland Park. Dr. Wes Dick, Albion College professor of history, talked about the origin of Labor Day, and how the Great Migration came about after World War I stopped the flow of immigrants to the United States. The immigrants had been the source of labor for much of the northern factories, and so new workers were brought north from the southern states. He then introduced Bob Wall, another historian, and teacher. Bob talked about his experience attending West Ward School, that started as a school in the ward of Albion that was on the west side of town. It started off as a place where the immigrant children attended. Even though the school did not provide equal quality of books, the teachers there did a good job preparing the students for the world and acclimating them to the ways of the North, that was different from the South. After the talks about Labor and Education, members of the North Country Trail Association, Mark Lelle, and Eric Worley talked about Albion's new Trail Town status. Worley is the president of the Greater Albion Chamber of Commerce. Albion ... Read More
Labor Day Albion - Walk the Trail Albion Health Care Alliance and Albion Recreation Department invite the community to come to Albion on Labor Day at 10 a.m., for those who cannot make it for the bigger walk over the Mackinac Bridge. We meet in Victory Park, and walk over the footbridge of the South Branch of the Kalamazoo River between Victory Park and Rieger Park, and also the North Branch of the Kalamazoo River on Eaton Street bridge, near Washington Street Park. We walk over a half a dozen bridges, large and small. How Albion’s Labor Day Walk the Trail started. Albion Downtown Development director Nidia Wolf started the walk in 2008, one year after the trail was dedicated. Later she became the director for the Albion Health Care Alliance that still is the leader of this fun outdoor gathering. The hike is the lower peninsula's answer for the traditional "Walking the Bridge" on Labor Day for Michigan. This event grows each year. It includes crossing over four bridges and walking through seven of Albion's 17 parks. The Albion River Trail walk recurs every Labor Day. It begins with a meeting near the River Trail sign for a group ... Read More
Labor Day Albion Walk the Trail is planned for Monday September 2, 2019. You can invite your friends by going to the official event page from Albion Health Care Alliance here: https://www.facebook.com/events/349471699310152 In 2018, Albion Health Care Alliance partnered with Albion Recreation Department for the Labor Day Albion - Walk the Trail event. Larry Williams, of the Albion Recreation Department requested that we include Holland Park in the walk to showcase all of the work that has been done recently for the Holland Park Transformation project. The walkers on the Labor Day Albion hike enjoyed learning at History Hill. In the photo below, Leslie Dick tells the story of Holland Park, West Ward School, and History Hill. It was a good midpoint on the hike, which occurred on a very warm day in 2018. Then we were able to hear Albion College’s current longest-tenured professor, Dr. Wesley Arden Dick give a talk about labor and the Great Migration that brought black people to Albion. Watch an excerpt of that talk below. For more information about History Hill and West Ward School visit: AlbionWestWard.net Albion Black History – West Ward School For more information about Holland Park Transformation project visit HollandParkTransformation.com This ... Read More
The end of one season and the beginning of another is quickly approaching. This time of year thousands of people will be headed to our upper peninsula in anticipation of walking across the Mackinac Bridge. For those not participating in this annual walk, you are invited to share in Albion’s Labor Day Walk the Trail. The Albion Health Care Alliance invited the community out on Monday, September 4, 2017, Labor Day, to walk the trail. The event took place at 10:00am until 11:00am. Participants were asked to meet at the beginning of the trail, just off Hannah Street in Victory Park, close to Victory for Kids playground area. Everyone is welcome to attend and walk: families, Albion College faculty, staff, and students, youth and those young in heart from the community and surrounding areas. It is a fun event that celebrates the walking trail and the end of summer. The Albion River Trail is approximately 1.6 miles long. One can walk the length in one direction, and then return by the same route, or choose another one to your own liking; walking at your own pace. The Albion River Trail is now part of the North Country National Scenic Trail ... Read More