Located in the “Fruit Belt” of Southwest Michigan where an abundance of peaches, grapes and apples are produced each year, Coloma is a growing community located almost exactly between Detroit and Chicago. Its proximity to Lake Michigan makes it a perfect vacation destination for residents of both major cities.
The first settlers in the area were Mr. and Mrs. Job Davis who, in 1832, built an area along the river to make wooden shingles. This operation eventually fell to Stephen R. Gilson of New York, who named the area “Shingle Diggins,” as production had taken off to such a large degree. When the source of timber ran out, the town’s name was changed to “Dickerville,” in reference to the dickering that ensued regarding other sources of manufacturing. Upon opening the first post office in the 1850’s, the name of the town was changed once again, and Coloma, named after a town in California, was chosen.
Coloma Community Schools serve the area, with five schools making up the district. With a low staff to student ratio, along with excellent art, music and physical education programs, the district offers a well-rounded academic offering. State of the art computer labs and a full range of sports are available to students, preparing students for the next stage of their lives. Coloma is located just off of I-94, offering easy access to major cities, as well as Lake Michigan.
Year round activities are plentiful in the Coloma area, highlighted by the Glad-Peach Festival, which is held every August. Thanks to an ideal location in the “fruit belt,” orchards are plentiful in the area, creating an enjoyable day out. Coloma’s proximity to Lake Michigan allows for many water activities, and its numerous summer festivals attract hundreds of visitors.
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