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Gobles is a small city in the southwestern Lower Peninsula of Michigan. Spanning Bloomingdale and Pine Grove townships, it is in northeastern Van Buren County.

The chief routes through the city are M-40 and County Road 388, which intersect in downtown Gobles. Cities and villages within twenty miles of Gobles include Bloomingdale, Paw Paw, Allegan, Lawton, Otsego, Mattawan, Bangor, Breedsville, Plainwell, Lawrence, and Kalamazoo.

Several small lakes surround the city, including Mill Lake, Brandywine Lake, Muskrat Lake, Turkey Lake, and Lyle Lake.

The first building in the area was a hotel built by John Goble in 1864 or 1865, and the community that grew up around the hotel was platted as Gobleville by Hiram E. Goble n 1870. An addition to the plat was filed by Warren Goble in 1872. A post office was established as Gobleville on April 16, 1872, with Hiram Goble as postmaster.

In 1893, Gobleville was incorporated as a village. On April 10, 1922, the village's name was shortened to Gobles, and it was incorporated as a city in 1957.

In early April 2012, a fire destroyed several historic buildings in Gobles, requiring six fire departments to suppress the fire.

The Kal-Haven Trail, which extends from South Haven to downtown Kalamazoo, runs through the business district of Gobles. The trail follows the former route of the Kalamazoo and South Haven Railroad, passing through wooded areas, farmland, and small towns, and is used mostly by hikers and bicyclists in the summer, and by snowmobilers in the winter.

The focus of this category is on the city of Gobles, Michigan. Appropriate topics include online resources representing the city, as well as local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, and recreational programs and facilities.


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