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Situated on the line between Climax Township and Pavilion Township, in the southeast quadrant of Kalamazoo County, Scotts, Michigan is an unincorporated community.

In Michigan, unincorporated communities don't have defined boundaries. Generally, however, Scotts is considered to be the community situated southeast of the railroad track, and on either side of 36th Street.

Cities and villages within twenty miles of Scotts include Climax, Galesburg, Portage, Vicksburg, Augusta, Richland, Kalamazoo, Mendon, Springfield, Athens, Parchment, Schoolcraft, and Battle Creek, while the unincorporated communities of Lawndale, Fulton, and East Comstock are within ten miles.

Prior to its settlement by European-Americans, the area had been inhabited for several thousands of years by indigenous people, such as the Ojibwa, the Ottawa, and the Potowatomi.

Land in the area of Scotts was acquired by Dan Wheeler in 1845, and the site that became known as the Scotts Mill Site, just west of the current village, was settled in 1836. The Scotts Mill was built on land acquired by Lyman Earl in 1844 and included a sawmill and flour mill. Later, the White family operated the mill for several generations, although the sawmill burned in 1896. The area became a county park in 1976.

Samuel Scotts, a fur trader, purchased eighty acres of land east of Scotts Mill in 1849, and the community became known as Scotts Crossing, which was shortened to Scotts when a post office was established on February 19, 1872, with Servetus Bathrick as postmaster. Mr. Bathrick platted the townsite in 1874, although it was never incorporated as a village.

The Grand Truck Railroad came through in the mid-1870s. Around 1880, there were twenty-four businesses in Scotts, including two blacksmith shops, a livery stable, a milliner, a masonry shop, a cider manufacturer, a creamery, a flour mill, a sawmill, a pickle manufacturer, and a factory that produced artificial limbs, as well as a railroad depot, two hotels, three saloons, and a dance hall.

A couple of fires in the early 1900s destroyed much of the town, and it never recovered completely.

Until 1946, Scotts had its own school district, which operated the Scotts School. The district was consolidated with the district in Climax, forming Climax-Scotts Community Schools, which operates an elementary school in Scotts and a junior-senior high school in Climax.

Still in operation, the Scotts post office serves large parts of Climax and Pavilion townships, northeast Wakeshma Township, and westward to Indian Lake and Long Lake, in Portage.

This portion of our guide focuses on the community known as Scotts, Michigan. Online resources for local businesses, industries, schools, churches, organizations, attractions, events, entertainment venues, and recreational opportunities within the area are appropriate for this category.



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