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Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grand Rapids is located in beautiful western Michigan in Kent County. This area was originally inhabited by Ottawa Indians, led by Chief Noonday in 1820, when the first European immigrants arrived. Fur traders McKenzie and Campau set up posts along the rapids on the Grand River, from which the city got its name. Campau purchased the town in 1831 for $90.00, becoming the city father. The town organized as a village in 1838 and as a city in 1850.

Grand Rapids flourished during the great 1880's lumber boom, becoming known for its craftsmen, carpenters and woodworkers, until by the mid 1900ís, it was considered Americaís furniture capital. Further development led to such a diverse economic base that the city now has one of the most favorable business climates in the U.S. Grand Rapids is the home of Gerald R. Ford, 38th president of the United States. Sports is big, as in Whitecaps and Griffins - thatís GR for baseball & hockey! There's also a museum, planetarium and John Ball Park Zoo, where the brass statue of olíJohn still sits, waiting to be climbed on by kids of 3rd and 4th generation GR natives! The "rapids" are still active too, where at the downtown dam, odds are quite good that you can land a big Coho or Steelhead in season!

Grand Rapids, Michigan




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