Climax, Michigan: the history and significance of a small farming community
In the upcoming pages I will try to look at Climax as a situational problem. That is to say, I will look at the painful transition Climax is undergoing from a prospering farm town to a town that serves as a bedroom community for Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, and is mostly dependent upon those same towns for its economic structure. Looking at the village over time will include looking a the village's social, economic, and political structures, in addition to the moral character of the residents, both the good and the bad. But, as an historian I will preface my whole discussion with the fact that I am very close to my topic, and therefore I already have formed very strong opinions about much of my subject matter. I make no attempt to cover up my feelings on any issues within this document, but I have tried throughout to be even handed and present both sides of every issue.