Niles is a city located in Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The city has also annexed a small portion of land in Cass County. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 12,204.
Niles is located at the site of the French Fort St. Joseph, first established in 1691. After 1761, it was held by the British and was captured on May 25, 1763, by Native Americans during Pontiac's Rebellion. The British retook the fort but it was not regarrisoned and served as a trading post. During the American Revolutionary War, the fort was held for a short time by a Spanish force. The presence of these four European powers in the area is how Niles came to be known as The City of Four Flags.
The town was named after Hezekiah Niles (editor of the Niles Register, a Baltimore newspaper.)
Web Sites and Links
Jerry Tyler Memorial AirportAeronautical information including location, runways, taxiways, navaids, radio frequencies, FBO information, sunrise and sunset times, aerial photo, airport diagram.
Niles, Michigan & The Four Flages Area ChamberHistory, business profiles, retail services, chamber of commerce member information.