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History of Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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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
  • 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
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Ramona Theatre, Reeds Lake, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Canal Street, looking North
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Hotel Pantlind
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    The Dam. Grand River, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    U. B. A. Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Monroe Avenue Looking West. Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    City Hall, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Lower Monroe Avenue, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • 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
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    A View in John Ball Park, 1909
  • 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
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Kent County Court House
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    High School
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    North Park Pavilion
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Michigan Soldier's Home
  • 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.
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Morton House
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Phoenix Furniture Co.
  • 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
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    First Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Grand River
    Bissell Carpet Sweeper Co.
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Interurban Bridge
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Butterworth Hospital
  • 1945 - January 25 - Grand Rapids, Michigan becomes 1st US city to fluoridate its water

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  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Civic Auditorium, 1949


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1880s
The Goshen Sweeper Co.
Easiest Operated Carpet Sweepers Made

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

Ladies' Home Journal
January 1898

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

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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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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Grand River
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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  • 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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