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Hastings is located in central/northern Barry County at the junctions of M-43 and M-37. It is the county seat as well as the countyís largest city. The area, originally inhabited by the Ojibway, Potawatomi and Ottawa, because of its superb hunting, was eventually visited by white settlers in the early 1830ís. Eurotas P. Hastings became the first owner of land here in 1836. He sold his plot to a development firm on the County Commissionís promise that his plot would become the county seat. This happened in 1841, after the developers built saw and grist mills to attract settlers. Located on the Thornapple River, this community was an ideal spot for distributing lumber.|
Today, Hastings has grown into a major urban area with many diversified types of businesses. It also shares significant commuter traffic to the major metropolitan areas of Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. The downtown district, including the elaborately built turn of the century courthouse, has retained a distinct Victorian architectural atmosphere, with many unique shops and restaurants. If youíre looking for a change, Hastings is a great place to come for shopping or for a night out on the town. Címon down and check it out for yourself!
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