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The Taxi Cab That Put Kalamazoo on on The Map

It’s been decades since the last Checker Cab rolled off the line at the Pitcher Street factory on Kalamazoo’s north side. The brawny and sturdy beasts once roamed American cities like the buffalo on the great plains. Now, a couple of generations of Americans have only experienced them in movies, like “Taxi-Driver.” But from 1922 to 1982, Kalamazoo produced thousands and thousands of Checker cabs and trailers. Along with Gibson guitars, Checker really put the city on the map… read more >

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