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Kalkaska, Michigan
Location of Kalkaska, Michigan
Country United States
State Michigan
County Kalkaska
 • Total 3.17 sq mi (8.21 km2)
 • Land 3.12 sq mi (8.08 km2)
 • Water 0.05 sq mi (0.13 km2)
Elevation 1,033 ft (315 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,020
 • Estimate (2012) 2,017
 • Density 647.4/sq mi (250.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49646
Area code(s) 231
FIPS code 26-42260
GNIS feature ID 0629450
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  • Full Service Packing - All items in your home are packed by our trustworthy household movers using the most up-to-date packing methods and materials in the industry.
  • Fragile Packing - You define your breakable or high-value items such as dishes, glassware, artwork, fragile furniture, mirrors, etc. and we will professionally pack them with care, while you pack all of your other belongings.
  • Do It Yourself Packing - Rose can provide boxes and materials to make your job as easy as possible.
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  • Loading - Each of your belongings is labeled, inventoried and loaded in a systematic process. Additionally, all upholstered furniture is wrapped in stretch wrap, a strong, clear plastic that completely covers the furniture, protecting it from dirt and damage.
  • Transportation - All of our trailers are equipped with air-ride suspension systems to ensure the contents travel in the safest manner possible. All trucks are driven by professional household movers with the best training in the industry.
  • Unloading - Upon arrival, all items are inventoried as they are unloaded. When unloading, furniture, boxes and other belongings are placed in the rooms you designate. Assembly of beds, bookcases and other furniture is available upon request. Additionally, our household movers will protect your new home by using several types of floor runners to prevent stains or scratches on carpet and wood flooring.
Kalkaska MI 49646
Beverly, I just wanted to let you know that the move was smooth as silk thanks to the crew that delivered my sons things.  They were polite, competent and professional.  I have been delighted with Rose Moving since my first contact phone call. Prompt, friendly , overall spectacular service and not one item damaged.

We are beyond pleased.  Thank You!
March 18, 2014
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My move with Rose moving was the best…
My move with Rose moving was the best move i have had. Having moved twice before with North American and Bekins, there was no comparison. My salesman, Jim Stafford was professional and very knowlagable. He came back to home twice to make sure we had an accurate quote. He was very patient with my long list of questions. They were not the cheapest mover by far but, I have learned the hard way, that you get what you pay for in this industry. Steve K(the driver) and his guys protected my home like it was their own. My furniture was wrapped before it left my house. Not a scratch on anything. To top it off Rose sent in a cleaning crew after the loading process. The office at Rose was great with any questions that I had. If I move from Chicago it will be with Rose Moving. They are true professionals. Thank again Rose, I will refer you to anyone I know moving!!!!!!
January 16, 2013
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Jim Stafford and his staff representing Allied Van Lines were spectacular! My move from MI to CA went smooth from start to finish with the most honest, caring and considerate guys I have ever met! The quote was right on, no extra charges, on time for both pick-up and delivery with phone calls in between just checking to see if we needed anything more.  Not one item was damaged or broken from 60 boxes and 8 rooms of furniture!  The team of packers and drivers were very quick and so very kind!  Hardest working teams I have ever seen in the moving business!!
September 07, 2011
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Kalkaska (Get Movers Prices for Kalkaska, MI) (pronounced /kælˈkæskə/) is a village in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 2,020 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Kalkaska County. The village is part of Kalkaska (Kalkaska, Michigan Moving Reviews).


According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 3.17 square miles (8.21 km2), of which, 3.12 square miles (8.08 km2) of it is land and 0.05 square miles (0.13 km2) is water.

The village is situated on an expansive plauteau along with much of Northern Michigan. The Boardman River runs through the village. The primary geography of the north and east of the village proper is flat with gentle hills, with a large amount of farmland. To the south and east, it is noticeably more steep in elevation, along with a larger amount of water present in the form of streams and lakes.

The primary constructors of Kalkaska (Get Moves Cost for Kalkaska, MI)'s geographical make-up are ancient glaciers, along with the majority of the entire state of Michigan. Glaciers scoured the surface of Michigan back during the Ice Age, creating small hills called drumlins, along with valleys and basins and the water that currently occupies them. This process is called glaciation.

Kalkaska (Get Movers Cost for Kalkaska, MI) experiences a notable amount of snowfall as it is located in a snowbelt that receives heavy amounts of lake effect snow from Lake Michigan.

Kalkaska (Get Moving Estimate for Kalkaska, MI) is considered to be part of Northern Michigan.


This climatic region has large seasonal temperature differences, with warm to hot (and often humid) summers and cold (sometimes severely cold) winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Kalkaska (Get Moving Prices for Kalkaska, MI) has a humid continental climate, abbreviated "Dfb" on climate maps.


2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,020 people, 871 households, and 482 families residing in the village. The population density was 647.4 inhabitants per square mile (250.0 /km2). There were 1,015 housing units at an average density of 325.3 per square mile (125.6 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 95.6% White, 0.6% African American, 1.3% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.

There were 871 households of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.4% were married couples living together, 16.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 6.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 44.7% were non-families. 38.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.90.

The median age in the village was 37.9 years. 23.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.3% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 46.9% male and 53.1% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,226 people, 881 households, and 540 families residing in the village. The population density was 890.7 per square mile (343.8/km²). There were 969 housing units at an average density of 387.7 per square mile (149.7/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 96.32% White, 0.67% African American, 1.03% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.94% of the population.

There were 881 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.3% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the village the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $27,891, and the median income for a family was $33,651. Males had a median income of $26,901 versus $19,333 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,028. About 15.3% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 19.4% of those age 65 or over.

Major highways

  • US 131
  • M-66
  • M-72


The town was platted in 1873 by A. A. Abbott and R. L. Thompson, who owned a sawmill, and who correctly anticipated the arrival of the railroad.

On July 5, 1908, a fire began in the middle of the business block and burned most of the stores. Local photographer E. L. Beebe made a number of photographs of the fire, and the resulting postcards were widely sold, and can still be found today. Two years later, in 1910 another fire started in downtown Kalkaska (Get Relocation Estimate for Kalkaska, MI). Again, in 1925 downtown Kalkaska (Get Moves Estimate for Kalkaska, MI) was devastated by the largest fire since the Fire of 1908.

In 1916, the noted author Ernest Hemingway visited and fished in Kalkaska (Get Moving Cost for Kalkaska, MI), and later immortalized the town in his story "The Battler". A historical marker has been placed at the Rugg Pond Dam, on the Rapid River, where Hemingway reportedly fished one night from the power house.

On July 10, 1951, the Kalkaska (Get Movers Estimate for Kalkaska, MI) State Bank was robbed by an armed man, who fled and later attempted to escape on foot through a nearby swampy area. After three days of what was termed the largest manhunt in Northern Michigan history, involving the FBI and local and state authorities, the gunman was captured south of the town. Named Raymond J. Turcotte, he had a long string of prior convictions, including manslaughter. Turcotte confessed to the bank robbery and served 18 years in the Michigan State Prison at Jackson, Michigan including a term for escape in 1961.

Discovery of natural gas and oil in the area during the 1970s lead to significant growth for the village; however, the growth has since subsided.

In 1993, the Kalkaska (Get Relocation Estimate for Kalkaska, MI) schools made national headlines when a financial crisis resulted in a two month-long closure. Subsequent funding reform improved the outlook for Kalkaska (Get Move Estimate for Kalkaska, MI) and similar small rural districts in Michigan.

In 2006, the Chief of Kalkaska (Get Moving Estimate for Kalkaska, MI) schools Daniel McKenzie resigns. Resignation comes after porn incident.

Travel and Recreation

The many surrounding Lakes and streams lure travelers into the village. Kalkaska (Get Moves Prices for Kalkaska, MI) offers two major festivals, the National Trout Festival at the end of April, and the WinterFest which is held in January.

The first weekend of November brings with it the Iceman Cometh biking challenge. Kalkaska hosts the starting line for a 27.2 mile off-road biking race that runs from the heart of the village to Traverse City (Traverse City, MI Moving Company) along the VASA Trail. The turnout for the race very easily doubles the population within the village, numbering in the several of thousands. For mountain biking enthusiasts, this is a famous race, and completing the race is an achievement in itself.

In addition the village has several parks, including the newly expanded KART trail which is planned to be connected with the TART Trail.


2011-2012 Kalkaska (Get Move Quote for Kalkaska, MI) was home to the Junior Hockey Team, Kalkaska (Get Moves Estimate for Kalkaska, MI) Roughnecks. They currently compete in the Great Lakes Junior Hockey League, an American Tier III Junior B ice hockey league.


Oil and gas, manufacturing, and tourism are important industries in the village and surrounding county.

Fisherman are attracted to Kalkaska (Get Move Cost for Kalkaska, MI) by the many lakes and the Boardman, Rapid, and Manistee Rivers. Kalkaska (Get Movers Cost for Kalkaska, MI) has held the National Trout Festival in the last week of April each year since 1933. There is a giant statue of a brook trout in the town square. New York Times featured author Jim Harrison (Harrison, Michigan Moving) wrote about the Trout Festival in his book Just Before Dark: Collected Non-fiction, Clark City Press, 1991, ISBN 0-944439-33-0.

Famous residents

  • Emil Frisk (1874-1922), professional baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds, Detroit (Detroit, Michigan Mover Reviews) Tigers, and the St. Louis Browns from 1899 to 1907.
  • Betty Wanless (1928-1995), All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player.
  • Ron Winter, former NCAA and current NFL official.


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