A Prairie Ronde Island (1977-1986)

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A Prairie Ronde Island

For the early explorers and pioneers making the Northern trek across the United States, the first open prairie was in southwestern Michigan in what is now Prairie Ronde Township in Kalamazoo County. The patches of woods in this 20,000 acre prairie, such as the one where I made these pictures, were called islands because the grass everywhere else was chest high on a horse and as the grass moved with the wind it rolled like waves on the sea.


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