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Kalamazoo County

Size: 567 Square Miles
Elevation: 700-900 Feet
Physiography: Hill-lands, rolling plains
Growing Season: 140-160 days
Annual Precipitation: 34-36 inches
Average Snowfall: 50-70 inches
Forest Type:Maple-Beech, Elm-Ash-Cottonwood, Oak-Hickory
Fall Colors: Middle October

The name Kalamazoo comes from the Indian word "Kikalamazoo" which means the mirage of reflecting river. Agricultural attracted people to the county. One of the early settlers was Bazel Harrison, who was the nephew of Benjamin Harrison (signer of the Declaration of Independence) and the cousin of president William Harrison. The paper industry flourished. Kalamazoo county is the home of the Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Manufacturing Company and the world's largest corset manufacturer, Kalamazoo Corset Company. Today UpJohn is the major employer of the county. Colleges include; Kalamazoo College, Western Michigan University and Nazareth College. The county has many lakes and streams.


Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce
Kalamazoo County Government Site

Alamo Augusta (49012) Climax (49034)
Comstock (49041) Cooper East Comstock
East Cooper Fulton (49052) Galesburg (49053)
Gull Lake Highland Park Howlandsburg
Kalamazoo Lakewood Lawndale
Millwood Nazareth (49074) Northwood
Oshtemo (49077) Parchment Pavillion
Pomeroy Portage (49081) Richland (49083)
Schoolcraft (49087) Scotts (49088) Vicksburg (49097)
Westwood Yorkville blank

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