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The Michigan state capital is Lansing.
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The population of Kalamazoo is approximately 75,858 (2002), 74262 (2010).
The amount of land area in Kalamazoo is 63.642 sq. kilometers.
Kalamazoo elevation is 780 feet above sea level.
The Kalamazoo median home price is $83,000 (2000).
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Kalamazoo location: in southwestern Michigan about 147 miles east of Chicago. Nearby communities include Eastwood, Westwood, Parchment, Portage, Comstock Northwest, Greater Galesburg, Richland and Galesburg.
Here is a map page for Kalamazoo.
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The weather in Kalamazoo is seasonal. Winter temperatures average about 25 degrees. and summer temperatures average about 72 degrees. Humidity remains high most of the year. Precipitation occurs yearround with more falling in summer months than in winter. Snow falls generally from December through March. Here is a weather page for Kalamazoo.
Kalamazoo is an unusual word, how did the city really get its name
The Potawatomi Indians deeded the land that would become Kalamazoo to the government in 1827 and by 1829, settlement of the area had begun. Titus Bronson arrived at thistime and when the town was platted in 1831, he named it after himself. In just two years, the local people grew tired of his argumentative ways and after he was convicted of stealing a cherry tree, they wanted to change the name of their city. The deed was done by26 January 1837 when Michigan became a state. The new name was Kalamazoo. It is largely believed to be a Potawatomi expression, Kikalamazoo but no one is entirely sure of the origin or meaning.
The city name, Kalamazoo, has been used extensively over the years by authors and songwriters. Some ships were even christened with the name. Kalamazoo has also had its share of different nicknames. It was known as the Paper City because of the paper and cardboard mills. When celery became a prevalent crop near town, the city became known as the Celery City, even naming a Celery Queen for a time. It was quipped to be the Mall City when the first outdoor pedestrian mall in the country was built. More recently, it was called the Bedding Plant Capital of the world due to the location of the largest bedding plant cooperative in the U.S. here in Kalamazoo.
The Checker Cab Company was headquartered here in Kalamazoo as well as manufacturing for Gibson guitars, Kalamazoo stoves, Roamer automobile and Shakespeare fishing rods and reels. William Erastus Upjohn moved here and started the Upjohn Pill and Granule Company, now a world leader in the pharmaceutical industry. Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built many buildings and homes here in his Usonian style in the late 1940’s.
Try this nice history page for Kalamazoo.
A few weeks before his death in 1932, Dr. Upjohn established the W.E. Upjohn Unemployment Trustee Corporation, which included a sizable parcel of land. Dr. Upjohn conceived of cooperative farming as a means of both maintaining income and preserving personal dignity during periods of widespread unemployment. On the farmland maintained by the Trustee Corporation, he envisioned laid-off workers growing enough food to support their families. It was his hope that this experiment would not only help meet the periodic local problem of joblessness, but also point the way for other communities to cure unemployment.
The present-day Institute was not established until 13 years after Dr. Upjohn set in motion his grand experiment. The farm program did not last long. The federal government soon stepped in to help the jobless by implementing public works programs and establishing an unemployment compensation system. Yet the concern about unemployment and sustainable employment remained a top national priority. The Trustees recognized the changing nature of economic conditions and the need for informed policy making. After consulting with leading social scientists of the day, they established an institute that would focus its resources on research into the causes and consequences of unemployment. On July 1, 1945, the Institute opened its doors and quickly went about creating a program to help returning veterans find jobs.
For sixty years, the Institute has carried out its mission of conducting research and informing policy makers on employment-related issues. We hope that, during the 21st century, researchers and policy makers will continue to look to the Upjohn Institute as a resource and catalyst for those seeking innovative ways to address chronic employment problems.
A.M. Todd - The Peppermint King
Joseph B. Westnedge
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Things to do in Kalamazoo!
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Kalamazoo Air Zoo
Kalamazoo Nature Center
Try this guide for Kalamazoo.
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