The Neighborhood

DISCOVER KALAMAZOO

Unique, memorable, and full of fun.

If variety is the spice of life, then get ready for spicy Kalamazoo.

What's your pleasure? For the outdoor enthusiast, there are parks, lakes, hiking and biking trails, and golf. And the fun doesn't stop in the winter time. Try skiing or iceskating, or take in a hockey game. Kalamazoo also has its cultural side, from museums and art galleries to theater and the performing arts. And to awaken your taste buds, you'll find everything from southwest Michigan's signature craft beers to top-notch international cuisine.

Spice up your life, and join us. We think you'll stay.

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History

Originally the home of Indigenous peoples of the Hopewell tradition and the Potawatomi tribe, modern Kalamazoo began with the establishment of a trading post in the 18th century during the French-Canadian exploration era. Titus Bronson was the first white settler in the area and named the settlement Bronson. Today, places in town and our own The Fountains at Bronson Place still carry his name.

When the village and then city were incorporated in the 1800s, they were named Kalamazoo after the Potawatomi name of the nearby river, "Kikanamaso."  More East Coast settlers were attracted to the area to take advantage of its fertile farmlands, and Kalamazoo became a thriving center for businesses and factories. From paper to guitars to automobiles, industries sprang up to form the foundation for Kalamazoo's economic success that is its trademark today.

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Check out what’s going on in the neighborhood from art exhibits to concerts, comedy events, seasonal festivals, and more. 

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