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CASS COUNTY MICHIGAN







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Size: 491 Square Miles
Elevation: 700-900 Feet
Physiography: Hill-lands; rolling plains
Growing Season: 140-160 days
Annual Precipitation: 36 inches
Average Snowfall: 40-60 inches
Forest Type: Oak-Hickory, Maple-Beech
Fall Colors: Middle October

The county is named after Lewis Cass who was the Territorial Governor of Michigan from 1813-31. In the 1820's white settlers occupied the Potawatomis territory. US-12 was once an Indian trail that crossed the country from east to west. Along the banks of the Christiana and Dowagiac Creeks burial mounds were found that dated back to 100 B.C. Many settlers came from Niles in Berrien County. Settlers included New Englanders, Southerners, and a large Black and Indian population. Although most Potawatomis were forced off their land, some Native Americans resisted, and in 1837 were able to purchase 1,000 acres of land in Silver Creek Township. Many descendants can still be found living there today. The Black population was aided by the Quakers who had left the South due to slavery. The had helped slaves escape through the underground railroad. About 2 miles east of Cassopolis is The William Jones House, a station for the underground railroad. Dowagiac (from the Potawatomi word meaning "foraging ground" is the county's major community. The Round Oak Stove Company was founded there in 1886, which was a manufacturer of furnaces for homes.

Adamsville Brownsville Cassopolis (49031)
Charleston Christiann Corey
Dailey Dowagiac (49047) Edwardsburg (49112)
Geneva Glenwood Jones (49061)
Kessington La Grange Marcellus (49067)
Nicholsville Penn Pokagon
Red Mill Sandy Beach Spring Beach
Sumnerville Twin Lake Union (49130)
Vandalia (49095) Volinia Wakelee
Whitmanville Williamsville blank





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