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Dowagiac

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Dowagiac is a city in Cass County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,879 at the 2010 census. It is part of the South Bend - Mishawaka, IN-MI, Metropolitan Statistical Area.Dowagiac is situated at the corner of four townships: Wayne Township to the northeast, LaGrange Township to the southeast, Pokagon Township to the southwest, and Silver Creek Township to the northwest.The city name comes from the Potawatomi word dewje'og meaning "fishing water".HistoryDowagiac was first platted in 1848. It was incorporated as a village in 1863 and as a city in 1877. Dowagiac gained national attention in June 1964 after police began investigating multiple reports of what became known as the Dewey Lake Monster.GeographyAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.54sqmi, of which 4.46sqmi is land and 0.08sqmi is water.Dowagiac Woods Nature Sanctuary, commonly referred to as Dowagiac Woods, a 235acre woods located in Cass, is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Michigan's exceptional natural habitats and extraordinary and endangered plants and animals.
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