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Plainwell is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 3,804 at the 2010 census.Plainwell is located on M-89 just east of its junction with US 131. The city of Otsego is about three miles (5 km) to the west. Kalamazoo is about ten miles (16 km) to the south and Grand Rapids about 35mi north. The Kalamazoo River flows through the center of the city.Plainwell is the birthplace of syndicated cartoonist Dave Coverly, creator of the Speed Bump comic strip, actor Ed Gale, famous for his role as Howard the Duck in the movie of the same name.Though it sounds somewhat common, there are no other communities named Plainwell anywhere in the United States. It is known as The Island City.HistoryThis part of Michigan was settled in the 1830s, after the removal of native people. Allegan County was organized in 1835, and the Plainwell area was settled soon after. It was on a stagecoach route from Kalamazoo - Grand Rapids, and later a railroad was constructed on the same route. After the advent of the automobile, U.S. Route 131 was created and run through the town. In the 1960s, an improved 4-lane US-131 was built west of town to connect Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, with an interchange on M-89 between Plainwell and Otsego. This allowed the town to become a kind of "bedroom community" for Kalamazoo or the southern part of Grand Rapids.
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