Scotts, Michigan

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Scotts, Michigan
Unincorporated community
Scotts, Michigan is located in Michigan
Scotts, Michigan
Scotts, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°11′45″N 85°24′47″W / 42.19583°N 85.41306°W / 42.19583; -85.41306Coordinates: 42°11′45″N 85°24′47″W / 42.19583°N 85.41306°W / 42.19583; -85.41306[1]
Country United States
State Michigan
County Kalamazoo
Township Climax Township,
Pavilion Township
Elevation[1] 915 ft (279 m)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49088
Area code(s) 269
GNIS feature ID 637482[1]

Scotts is an unincorporated community in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, United States.

History[edit]

Land at Scotts was first deeded to Dan Wheeler in 1835. Samuel Scott settled here in 1847 and the community became known as Scotts Crossing, later shortened to Scotts. A post office named Scotts opened on February 19, 1872, with Servetus Bathrick as its first postmaster. The community was platted by Bathrick in 1874.[2]

Present[edit]

Scotts is situated on the boundary between Climax and Pavilion townships along the Grand Trunk Western Railroad line at 42°11′45″N 85°24′47″W / 42.19583°N 85.41306°W / 42.19583; -85.41306 (NAME),[1] approximately 11 miles (18 km) southeast of Kalamazoo. Scotts has a post office with ZIP code 49088,[3] which serves large portions of Climax, Pavilion, and northwest Wakeshma Township, and westward to Indian Lake and Long Lake in the city of Portage.[4]

The center of Scotts has several businesses, including a cafe, ice cream shop, general store, and salon, as well as a township fire station. The community was home to its own K-12 school district called Scotts School until 1946, when it consolidated with the nearby school district in Climax to form Climax-Scotts Community Schools. Facilities are split between the two communities. Climax-Scotts Elementary School (K-5) is located in Scotts on the former site of Scotts High School. Climax-Scotts Jr./Sr. High School (7-12), administrative offices, bussing, and athletic facilities are located 7 miles NE in Climax. In 2006, the original school bell for Scotts School was recovered and restored, and is now on display outside the Scotts Community Center.[5]

On May 2, 2015, a 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck West Michigan, with the epicenter less than one mile NW of Scotts. The quake was felt from Wisconsin to southern Ontario, and revealed a previously unknown fault line stretching from Kalamazoo to Coldwater.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Scotts, Michigan
  2. ^ Romig, Walter (1986) [1973]. Michigan Place Names. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0-8143-1838-X. 
  3. ^ ZIP Code Lookup, United States Post Office
  4. ^ "ZIP Code: 49088". United States ZIP Codes. UnitedStatesZipCodes.org. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Rolfe, Bruce. "OLD SCOTTS SCHOOL BELL RETURNS HOME". Climax Crescent. Retrieved 3 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "Earthquake reveals fault line in Kalamazoo County". Detroit Free Press. Associated Press. 6 May 2015. Retrieved 3 August 2015.