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Situated in St. Joseph County, the City of Three Rivers is in the southern portion of Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

Named for the three rivers (Portage River, Rocky River, St. Joseph River) which come together near the center of the city, Three Rivers is served primarily by US-131, Bus US-131, M-60, and M-86. Other routes include 6th Avenue Road (6th Avenue), Airport Road, Broadway Road (Broadway Street), Buckhorn Road (Portage Avenue), Constantine Road (Constantine Street), Coon Hollow Road (Arnold Street), Haines Road, Hoffman Road (Hoffman Street), Millard Road (Millard Street), and River Road (River Street).

Michigan cities and villages within twenty-five miles of Three Rivers include Centreville, Constantine, White Pigeon, Schoolcraft, Mendon, Marcellus, Vandalia, Vicksburg, Portage, Colon, Sturgis, Burr Oak, Cassopolis, and Lawton, while the Indiana towns of Van Buren and Middlebury are also within twenty-five miles of the city.

Three Rivers is home to Saint Gregory's Abbey, a Benedictine Monastery of the Episcopal Church, established in 1946.

Police protection is provided by the Three Rivers Police Department and the St. Joseph County Sheriffs Department, while the Three Rivers Fire Department offers both fire and ambulance services.

Three Rivers Community Schools operates four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. Private schools include Immaculate Conception School and Heartwood Renaissance Academy.

Three Rivers first appeared on a US census roll in 1860, when it had a population of 957. Since then, the city has mostly increased, with the exception of slight declines in 1940, 1980, and 2000. As of the 2020 census, the city had a population of 7,973.

Three Rivers was originally platted as Moab by Christopher Shinnaman in 1830, and an adjacent plat was made in 1831 by George Buck and Jacob McIntefer, and called St. Joseph. When St. Joseph failed in its bid to become the county seat, it reverted to farmland. In 1836, a new plat was made by John H. Bowman, who named it Three Rivers. A month later, George Buck platted an area he named Lockport.

On October 10, 1831, a post office was established as Three Rivers. George Buck, who was named postmaster, was still in office when the name was changed to Lockport on March 8, 1837, but the name reverted to Three Rivers on February 15, 1840, with Burroughs Moore as postmaster.

Three Rivers was incorporated as a village in 1855. In 1871, its limits were extended to encompass all of these earlier plats, and Three Rivers became a city in 1895.

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