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Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, USA

"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 & West Michigan, the Grand Rapids & Indiana, the Detroit, Grand Haven" Milwaukee, the Grand Rapids, Lansing & Detroit, the Grand River Valley, and the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern It is 60 miles W.N.W. of Lansing. The site is one of much natural beauty. The river here falls 18 feet in a mile; and on either side of the river is a canal, by means of which numerous mills receive their motive-power. The sawing and planing of pine and hard-wood lumber, and the manufacture of furniture, cooperage, and wooden ware, are leading industries. Farm-implements, iron goods, wire, leather, flour, machinery, beer, chemicals, white bricks, pawing: bricks, cement, stucco-plaster, and land-plaster are also extensively manufactured, there being near the town important gypsum-quarries. The town is generally well built, and numerous fine public and private edifices, including 31 churches, many of them handsomely constructed of the excellent white bricks here made. There are lines of street rail way, a disciplined fire department, a good water supply, 8 banks (3 national, 5 savings), a costly United States courthouse and post-office, offices issuing 5 daily and 11 weekly newspapers, a public library, and several substantial public school-buildings. Grand Rapids is the seat of an extensive trade. Pop. in 1860, 8025; in 1870, 16,507; in 1880, 32,016; in 1890, 60,278."

Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ...
Joseph Thomas
January 1, 1895
J.B. Lippincott

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The Goshen Sweeper Co.
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A Good Cheap Desk
The Fred Macey Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.

Ladies' Home Journal
January 1898

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Ramona Theatre, Reeds Lake, Grand Rapids, Mich.

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The Dam. Grand River, Grand Rapids, Mich.

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U. B. A. Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Monroe Avenue Looking West. Grand Rapids, Mich.

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City Hall, Grand Rapids, Mich.


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Lower Monroe Avenue, Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Canal Street, looking North

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Hotel Pantlind

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Campau Square, 1909

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A View in John Ball Park, 1909

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Boat and Canoe Club

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Kent County Court House

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High School


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North Park Pavilion

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Michigan Soldier's Home

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Monroe and S. Division St.

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Morton House

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Phoenix Furniture Co.

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New Y.M.C.A. Building, 1916

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First Methodist Episcopal Church

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Bissell Carpet Sweeper Co.


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Interurban Bridge

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Butterworth Hospital

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

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  • 1825 - Grand Rapids, Michigan founded
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  • 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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  • 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
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