Three Rivers, Michigan
|Three Rivers, Michigan|
|Nickname(s): Triple Ripple|
Location of Three Rivers, Michigan
|• Total||5.66 sq mi (14.66 km2)|
|• Land||5.40 sq mi (13.99 km2)|
|• Water||0.26 sq mi (0.67 km2)|
|Elevation||804 ft (245 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||7,735|
|• Density||1,446.5/sq mi (558.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC−5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC−4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1624987|
Three Rivers derives its name from the confluence of the St. Joseph River with its tributaries the Rocky and Portage Rivers. It is the home of St. Gregory's Abbey, a Benedictine monastery of the Episcopal Church that was established in 1946.
As of 2000 the median income for a household in the city was $32,460, and the median income for a family was $36,272. Males had a median income of $31,849 versus $23,659 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,279. About 16.2% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.5% of those under age 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 or over.
As of the census of 2010, there were 7,811 people,The 49093 Three Rivers zip code population as of 2010 stands at just shy of 20,000 people 3,048 households, and 1,862 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,446.5 inhabitants per square mile (558.5 /km2). There were 3,519 housing units at an average density of 651.7 per square mile (251.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the city was 82.6% White, 10.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 1.8% from other races, and 4.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.2% of the population.
There were 3,048 households of which 36.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 19.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 38.9% were non-families. 32.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.15.
The median age in the city was 31.5 years. 28.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 10.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 21.5% were from 45 to 64; and 12% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.7% male and 52.3% female.
Attractions and Dining
Three Rivers is a popular destination for Chicago area residents, who own summer homes in the area. The historic Victorian downtown district offers many places for shopping and dining. The Riviera Theater, located downtown, is one of the oldest operating theaters in southwest Michigan. First opened in 1925, it closed in 2000, was renovated, and reopened its doors in 2008. The theater is used for films, concerts, live performances, and other special events. The theater also features a full service bar where patrons may get drinks at intermissions, but is also open daily to the general public. Also located downtown is Lowry's Books and More, owned by Three Rivers mayor Tom Lowry. It features a large selection of new and used books as well as toys and collectibles. There is Paisano's Bar and Grill, which is a popular Italian eatery, which offers a large selection of beers in the bar/lounge area, as well as cocktails.Also a large attraction in the downtown is the Carnegie center for the arts.
Also located downtown are: Ambrosia Vae Baby Boutique, The Pink Paisley Poppy Emporium, Pub 21 (named for its address of 21 North Main Street), Main Street Cafe, Uni-Q Jewelry Store, Finders Keepers Variety Store, Smoke-Cessories (offering a wide variety of novelty items and legal tobacco alternatives as well as a hookah lounge), Three Rivers Masonic Temple, Sherwin-Williams, Second Wind Furniture, Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce, and Fabrications, a custom screen-printing and embroidery shop.
A recent business has been added to the downtown historic district. It is called Vintiques. A popular and local favorite for vintage and antiques located on the corner of Main Street and Michigan Avenue. The store has a lot to offer in terms of antique, vintage and collectible furniture and accessories. They also have the one of a kind and unusual items. They support the local artisans and craftsmen, as well. The store also offers an old fashioned ice cream shop with parking in rear and entrance in the front and back. It is scheduled to be opened in June 2013. Lots to see and do there.
Also located on North Main Street, north of the downtown district, is Goldie's Diner which opened in 1969. It offers patrons a retro feel with casual dining. Also north of downtown is Frankie's By The Tracks (which gets its name from its location right next to the main railroad). It is a popular pizzeria featuring a full service bar.
There are also many parks and recreational areas in Three Rivers. There is Scidmore Park and Petting Zoo, which is located at the confluence of the Rocky and Saint Joseph Rivers. It has a small nature trail that follows next to the two rivers, which also connects it to Memory Isle Park, named for the island in the Rocky River that sits in the middle of the park. On the other side of the Saint Joseph River from Scidmore Park is Conservation Park which features a boat launch and canoe and kayak rentals. There is also Bowman Park and Lafayette Park.
Three Rivers High School accounts for the majority of competitive athletics in the city. The schools teams are nicknamed the Wildcats. The 'cats have long been known for excellence in high school football, basketball, and track and field. The football and track and field teams have been at or near the top of the Wolverine Conference for over 40 years, winning state titles for track and field in 2000 and 2002, followed by a state title in football in 2003. The cross country team placed in the top 10 at state in 2005 and 2006. Three Rivers' rivals are Gull Lake High School, Vicksburg High School, and Sturgis High School.
Three Rivers is also home to many summer camps, including YMCA Camp Eberhart (), Habonim Dror Camp Tavor, Camp Wakeshma (Camp Wakeshma website), as well as the Latvian Center Garezers (Latvian language site).
- Neal Ball, baseball player, was the first player in Major League baseball history to pull off an unassisted triple play. He played for Three Rivers's semiprofessional team in 1901.
- Harry Blackstone Jr., magician, was born in Three Rivers.
- Daniel Booko, American actor, born in Three Rivers. Most notable appearances are in Disney Channel shows "The Suite Life of Zach and Cody," "Hannah Montana," and "Nickelodeon's iCarly."
- Paul Christy, former professional wrestler. Resides in Three Rivers.
- Charles Collingwood, reporter and television news correspondent, was born in Three Rivers.
- Travis Key, American football safety for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. Attended Three Rivers High School.
- Matt Thornton, baseball player for the Boston Red Sox, was born in Three Rivers.
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- Rick Cordes (April 21, 2011). "TR, Lockport, Constantine Twp. gain population". Newspaper. Three Rivers Commercial News. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
- "Welcome to Three Rivers" Brochure, City of Three Rivers Government, July 2006.