KALAMAZOO COUNTY MICHIGAN
|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.