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Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, USA

Ottawa Indians were Grand Rapids' first inhabitants and in 1826 the city was settled by French fur traders.

Grand Rapids was once known as America's Furniture Capital for its fine residential furniture It is known today as the center of office furniture manufacturing.

President Gerald R. Ford was a native of Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids was the first city in the U.S. to add fluoride to its drinking water - way back in 1945.




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  • 1825 - Grand Rapids, Michigan founded

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  • 1854 - Grand Rapids
    Grand Rapids city, capital of Kent co., Michigan, is finely situated on the rapids of Grand River, 40 miles from its mouth, and 60 miles W. N. W....Read MORE...


  • 1876 - September 19 - 1st carpet sweeper patented (Melville Bissell of Grand Rapids, Mich)

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  • 1880 - July 23 - 1st commercial hydroelectric power planet begins, Grand Rapids, Mich

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  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    1880s
    The Goshen Sweeper Co.
    Easiest Operated Carpet Sweepers Made
    Advertisement
  • 1895 - Grand Rapids
    Grand Rapids, a city of Michigan, capital of Kent co., at the head of steamboat navigation on Grand River," the junction of 6 railroads,—the Chicago...Read MORE...


  • News 1896 - An Aeronaut Killed
    Grand Rapids, Mich., June 29. - Hiram Cole, twenty-six years old, a professional aeronaut, living in Big Rapids, Mich., fell thirty feet from his...Read MORE...


  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    A Good Cheap Desk
    The Fred Macey Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.

    Ladies' Home Journal
    January 1898
    Advertisement
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Ramona Theatre, Reeds Lake, Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Canal Street, looking North
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Hotel Pantlind
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    The Dam. Grand River, Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    U. B. A. Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Monroe Avenue Looking West. Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    City Hall, Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Lower Monroe Avenue, Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Postcard
  • News 1905 - TRAIN CRASHES INTO STREET CAR
    Four Probably Fatally Injured, Two Others Hurt, at Grand Rapids, Mich.

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 1. — Six persons were injured, four probably...Read MORE...


  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Campau Square, 1909
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    A View in John Ball Park, 1909
    Postcard
  • News 1910 - BIG CYCLONE RUINS CROPS
    Michigan Section Storm Swept, and Creek Overflows, Flooding Houses.

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 25. - A storm of cyclone proportions raged today...Read MORE...


  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Boat and Canoe Club
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Kent County Court House
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    High School
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    North Park Pavilion
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Michigan Soldier's Home
    Postcard
  • News 1912 - TORNADO
    Grand Rapids, Mich, July 13. - Grand Rapids was hit early today by a cyclone that injured forty or more persons and did thousands of dollars worth of ...Read MORE...


  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Monroe and S. Division St.
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Morton House
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Phoenix Furniture Co.
    Postcard
  • 1916
    Grand Rapids, a city of Michigan, capital of Kent co., at the head of steamboat navigation on the Grand River, at the junction of the Grand Rapids...Read MORE...


  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    New Y.M.C.A. Building, 1916
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    First Methodist Episcopal Church
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Grand River
    Bissell Carpet Sweeper Co.
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Interurban Bridge
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Butterworth Hospital
    Postcard
  • 1945 - January 25 - Grand Rapids, Michigan becomes 1st US city to fluoridate its water

    historyorb.com

  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Civic Auditorium, 1949
    Postcard


Old Photos, Pictures, Advertisements and Postcards from Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA


Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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1880s
The Goshen Sweeper Co.
Easiest Operated Carpet Sweepers Made
Advertisement

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
A Good Cheap Desk
The Fred Macey Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.

Ladies' Home Journal
January 1898
Advertisement

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest

Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Ramona Theatre, Reeds Lake, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
The Dam. Grand River, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Postcard



Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
U. B. A. Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Monroe Avenue Looking West. Grand Rapids, Mich.
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
City Hall, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Lower Monroe Avenue, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Canal Street, looking North
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Hotel Pantlind
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Campau Square, 1909
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
A View in John Ball Park, 1909
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Boat and Canoe Club
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Kent County Court House
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
High School
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
North Park Pavilion
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Michigan Soldier's Home
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Monroe and S. Division St.
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Morton House
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Phoenix Furniture Co.
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
New Y.M.C.A. Building, 1916
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
First Methodist Episcopal Church
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Grand River
Bissell Carpet Sweeper Co.
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Interurban Bridge
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Butterworth Hospital
Postcard

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Pinterest
Civic Auditorium, 1949
Postcard
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History and News of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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  • 1825 - Grand Rapids, Michigan founded

    www.wikipedia.org
  • 1854 - Grand Rapids
    Grand Rapids city, capital of Kent co., Michigan, is finely situated on the rapids of Grand River, 40 miles from its mouth, and 60 miles W. N. W.... Read MORE...

  • 1876 - September 19 - 1st carpet sweeper patented (Melville Bissell of Grand Rapids, Mich)

    historyorb.com
  • 1880 - July 23 - 1st commercial hydroelectric power planet begins, Grand Rapids, Mich

    historyorb.com
  • 1895 - Grand Rapids
    Grand Rapids, a city of Michigan, capital of Kent co., at the head of steamboat navigation on Grand River," the junction of 6 railroads,—the Chicago... Read MORE...

  • News  1896 - An Aeronaut Killed
    Grand Rapids, Mich., June 29. - Hiram Cole, twenty-six years old, a professional aeronaut, living in Big Rapids, Mich., fell thirty feet from his... Read MORE...

  • News  1905 - TRAIN CRASHES INTO STREET CAR
    Four Probably Fatally Injured, Two Others Hurt, at Grand Rapids, Mich.

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Feb. 1. — Six persons were injured, four probably... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - BIG CYCLONE RUINS CROPS
    Michigan Section Storm Swept, and Creek Overflows, Flooding Houses.

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 25. - A storm of cyclone proportions raged today... Read MORE...

  • News  1912 - TORNADO
    Grand Rapids, Mich, July 13. - Grand Rapids was hit early today by a cyclone that injured forty or more persons and did thousands of dollars worth of ... Read MORE...

  • 1916
    Grand Rapids, a city of Michigan, capital of Kent co., at the head of steamboat navigation on the Grand River, at the junction of the Grand Rapids... Read MORE...

  • 1945 - January 25 - Grand Rapids, Michigan becomes 1st US city to fluoridate its water

    historyorb.com

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Ancestors buried in Grand Rapids - Cemeteries in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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