The small village of Berlamont, formerly known as "Bear
Lake Mills," is a station on the railroad between
Bloomingdale and Grand Junction. The first settlers in its
vicinity were William St. Clair, Stephen Baker, Anson
Stafford, John Barnard, Russell Johnson and -- Boyer.
It contains a hotel, store, post-office, the
extensive mills of S.B. Anderson, and a population of
about 100 inhabitants.
History of Berrien and Van Buren Co's Michigan - D. W.
Ensign & Co., 1880
Now nothing remains other than a handful of houses and a
church, nothing so grandiose as a hotel.
I recently found a photo of the old post office from
The original page I found this on is located here:
Office: Berlamont, MI (Van Buren County)
Date of Photo: circa 1920's
Contributor: Paul E. Petosky, Postmarks from the Past
Comment: Columbia-Bloomingdale Township. Originally
established as BEAR LAKE MILLS on February 26, 1868
with James M. Alden as its first postmaster. Name
changed to BERLAMONT on December 21, 1877 and
discontinued operation on October 15, 1870. It
re-opened on December 10, 1920. Discontinued operation
on September 30, 1953; with mail service to
I have no idea where the post office used to sit in
Berlamont, but it is interesting none the less.
Berlamont, Michigan, United States [Place] is in Van Buren
County; location is 42023'24"N 85059'38"W; elevation is
702 feet [SourceGSP]