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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. from...Read MORE...


  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Morton House

    The Morton Hotel was the place to stay when business travelers came by the trainload to buy furniture for their stores back home.

    The Morton Hotel is the fourth hotel structure on the northwest corner of Monroe Center and Ionia... Read MORE...

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

    1886
    The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is established
    On 90 acres of land, experts built three main buildings, 19 additional buildings and a 5,000-grave cemetery... michigan.gov
    Postcard
  • 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 ball...Read MORE...


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

    Ladies' Home Journal
    January 1898

    The Macey Furniture Co. was founded by Fred Macey, who served as its first chairman along with his brother Frank, who also served as treasurer. In... Read MORE...

    Advertisement
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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

    Ramona Park was an amusement park located on the western shore of Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1903-1954... The park also included the Ramona Theatre which hosted vaudeville shows, ... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Canal Street, looking North
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    The Dam. Grand River, Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    U. B. A. Hospital, Grand Rapids, Mich.

    The U.B.A. is the Union Benevolent Association, previously the Ladies’ Union Benevolent Association, and this organization built the hospital in 1886. Visible on the porch is at least one nurse and likely... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Monroe Avenue Looking West. Grand Rapids, Mich.
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    City Hall, Grand Rapids, Mich.

    The Grand Rapids City Hall was a government building located at 35 Lyon Street, NW, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, but demolished later that year, and... Read MORE...

    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 fatal...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 nort...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
  • 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
    Hotel Pantlind

    The hotel building was originally named for the Pantlind family, famous local hoteliers, and was conceived to accommodate the large number of furniture buyers who frequented the city.
    In 1925, the Pantlind Hotel was ranked as one... Read MORE...

    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Monroe and S. Division St.
    Postcard
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
    Phoenix Furniture Co.

    1868: William A. Berkey becomes assignee for the property of cabinetmakers Atkins and Soule.

    1872: Berkey combines residuals of Atkins & Soule with $200,000 new capital to form Phoenix Furniture Co.

    The Phoenix... Read MORE...

    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 and...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.

    Like a lot of well-intentioned people who plan on having a relaxing Saturday, we didn’t really mean to start cleaning—it just happened. In 1876, Melville R. Bissell and his wife, Anna, were running a small... Read MORE...

    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

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  • 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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Morton House

The Morton Hotel was the place to stay when business travelers came by the trainload to buy furniture for their stores back home.

The Morton Hotel is the fourth hotel structure on the northwest corner of Monroe Center and Ionia... Read MORE...

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Michigan Soldier's Home

1886
The Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is established
On 90 acres of land, experts built three main buildings, 19 additional buildings and a 5,000-grave cemetery... michigan.gov

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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

Ladies' Home Journal
January 1898

The Macey Furniture Co. was founded by Fred Macey, who served as its first chairman along with his brother Frank, who also served as treasurer. In... Read MORE...

Read more about Fred MACEY photo of ancestor

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
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Ramona Theatre, Reeds Lake, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Ramona Park was an amusement park located on the western shore of Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids, Michigan from 1903-1954... The park also included the Ramona Theatre which hosted vaudeville shows, ... Read MORE...

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
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The Dam. Grand River, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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

The U.B.A. is the Union Benevolent Association, previously the Ladies’ Union Benevolent Association, and this organization built the hospital in 1886. Visible on the porch is at least one nurse and likely... Read MORE...

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
City Hall, Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Grand Rapids City Hall was a government building located at 35 Lyon Street, NW, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969, but demolished later that year, and... Read MORE...

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Lower Monroe Avenue, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Canal Street, looking North

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Campau Square, 1909

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
A View in John Ball Park, 1909

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Boat and Canoe Club

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Kent County Court House

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
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High School

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
North Park Pavilion

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Hotel Pantlind

The hotel building was originally named for the Pantlind family, famous local hoteliers, and was conceived to accommodate the large number of furniture buyers who frequented the city.
In 1925, the Pantlind Hotel was ranked as one... Read MORE...

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Monroe and S. Division St.

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Phoenix Furniture Co.

1868: William A. Berkey becomes assignee for the property of cabinetmakers Atkins and Soule.

1872: Berkey combines residuals of Atkins & Soule with $200,000 new capital to form Phoenix Furniture Co.

The Phoenix... Read MORE...

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

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

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
First Methodist Episcopal Church

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Grand River
Bissell Carpet Sweeper Co.

Like a lot of well-intentioned people who plan on having a relaxing Saturday, we didn’t really mean to start cleaning—it just happened. In 1876, Melville R. Bissell and his wife, Anna, were running a small... Read MORE...

Read more about Melville Reuben BISSELL photo of ancestor

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
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Interurban Bridge

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
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Butterworth Hospital

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

Postcard
Pinterest
Civic Auditorium, 1949

History, News and Stories 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

    Read more about Melville Reuben BISSELL photo of ancestor
  • 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

Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA Genealogy

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

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Grand Rapids, Michigan City Directories, 1889-90

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