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So Where Did That Name Come From?
We are known for many things in this community especially our name. If you don’t know where it came from, go to http://www.kpl.gov/local-history/general/kalamazoo-name.aspx which is one of the many interesting essays on Kalamazoo subjects that you can find in the Local History page on the Library’s website.
Meanwhile, if you are curious about how such communities as Battle Creek, Otsego and Gun Lake got their names, look for the book, Michigan Place Names by Walter Romig (H 917.74 R765) in the Local History Room. There also are copies on the regular shelving if you want to check the book out. Mr. Romig spent ten years compiling information about the origins of the names of villages, towns, townships and cities that are still here and those that are gone forever, like Singapore which had been located at the mouth of the Kalamazoo River at Lake Michigan.
Obviously dates Mr. Romig gives need to be verified for their accuracy. Kalamazoo became a village in 1843, not 1838, and a city in 1884.
Michigan Place Names