Kalamazoo, Florida

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Kalamazoo
Unincorporated community
Kalamazoo, Florida
Kalamazoo - The geographic center is on private property near the tree in center frame
Kalamazoo is located in Volusia County
Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo
Coordinates: 28°50′46″N 081°06′36″W / 28.84611°N 81.11000°W / 28.84611; -81.11000Coordinates: 28°50′46″N 081°06′36″W / 28.84611°N 81.11000°W / 28.84611; -81.11000
Country  United States
State  Florida
County  Volusia
Elevation 20 ft (6 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
enter ZIP code 32764
Area code(s) 386
GNIS feature ID 294821[1]

Kalamazoo is an unincorporated community located in southwest Volusia County, Florida. As of 2011, Kalamazoo is private property.

History[edit]

According to longtime area residents, Kalamazoo was named for the many people who moved there from Michigan.[2]

The name may also allude to celery farming in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for which that city was noted in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.[3] In 1908, a company was capitalized with $25,000 to develop a celery farm on 10,000 acres in Kalamazoo, Florida, following on the success of celery farming in nearby Sanford. Its president was C. F. Walker of Savannah, Georgia.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ Williamson, Ronald (11 May 2008). "Echoes of the Past - A lonely highway Offers Few Clues to Communities' Former Importance". Daytona Beach News-Journal. 
  3. ^ Peppel, Fred (Feb 2005). "Stalking the Celery City". Kalamazoo Public Library. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "New Celery Growing Colony Established". The Florida East Coast Homeseeker. 10: 87. January 1908.