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

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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

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