Belding is located in northwestern Ionia County. This is a highly progressive city with several unique community development projects in the last decade that has put this town on the map. The downtown area is composed of a covered indoor mall, where most of the merchants are located. There are also several old factory buildings that have been restored into offices and apartments which help maintain the area’s turn of the century look in its architecture. The waterfront park overlooks the restored depot and offers a scenic place for a picnic or stroll.
Belding was named after Hiram Belding who in 1871 who purchased the land from Levi Broas. The Broas Family originally built a mill here in 1839, which was then known as Broas
Rapids. Hiram Belding started a silk factory to help pay off the land. This
thrived to help further develop the town. It was eventually incorporated as a
city in 1893
Photos courtesy of: Ken Huisjen