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September 23, 2019

50 Amazing Photos Capture Street Scenes of Grand Rapids, Michigan in the Late 19th Century

Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan and the largest city in West Michigan. It is on the Grand River about 30 miles (48 km) east of Lake Michigan. Grand Rapids is the county seat of Kent County.

A historic furniture-manufacturing center, Grand Rapids is home to five of the world's leading office furniture companies, and is nicknamed "Furniture City". Other nicknames include "River City" and more recently, "Beer City".

The city and surrounding communities are economically diverse, based in the health care, information technology, automotive, aviation, and consumer goods manufacturing industries, among others.

Grand Rapids is the childhood home of U.S. President Gerald Ford, who is buried with his wife Betty on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in the city. The city's main airport and one of its freeways are also named after him.

These rare and amazing photos from c felton that captured street scenes of Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1888.

Washington and State Street

Bridge Street looking east

Bridge Street

Canal Street

Cherry Street from Jefferson

City Hall

Clarendon Hotel

Crescent Park

Crescent Street looking east

East Fulton from Jefferson Street

Engine house

Government Building

High school building

Houseman block

Ionia Street

Jefferson South of Fulton

Kent County Jail

Ladies literary club

Ledyard block

Livingston Building

Looking down river from the G.R. & I. Bridge

Looking west from Bridge Street

Lyon Street

Monroe from Division

Monroe Street from the Morton

O-Wash-Ta-Nong Boat Club

Pearl Street Bridge

Pearl Street looking west

Plainfield and Coit

Plainfield School

Plaster mill

Scene at Reed's Lake

Scene on Ottawa

South Division looking north from 6th Ave.

South Iona Street

South Lafayette from Fulton

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

St. Mary's Church

Stocking Street

Straight Street School

Summer from Allen

Sweets Hotel

The dam

The Derby

The Peninsula Club

The race

Turner Street School

Waterloo and Ellsworth Streets

Westminster Presbyterian Church

Widdicome Building




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