Historic Photos of Grand Rapids

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What began as a fur-trading post grew into the second-largest city in Michigan, a center for industry and the arts. As “Furniture Capital of the World” and an All-American City three times, Grand Rapids has a fascinating past. Historic Photos of Grand Rapids explores that past in images depicting a range of subjects, including the furniture industry, the Flood of 1904, recreational activities, the Pantlind Hotel, the original Ada Covered Bridge spanning the Thornapple River, civic celebrations, a 1941 Monroe ...

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Overview

What began as a fur-trading post grew into the second-largest city in Michigan, a center for industry and the arts. As “Furniture Capital of the World” and an All-American City three times, Grand Rapids has a fascinating past. Historic Photos of Grand Rapids explores that past in images depicting a range of subjects, including the furniture industry, the Flood of 1904, recreational activities, the Pantlind Hotel, the original Ada Covered Bridge spanning the Thornapple River, civic celebrations, a 1941 Monroe Avenue, the 1889 County Building, and countless others. These striking black-and-white images are the pride of the Grand Rapids Public Library’s History and Special Collections Department. Come take a tour through the pages of Historic Photos of Grand Rapids and discover the charm of bygone eras, the fortitude of the city’s pioneers, and the richness of the old city.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, began its modern history as an eclectic early-19th-century community of missionaries, hard-drinking fur traders, and peaceable Ottawa tribespeople. Since then, the settlement has blossomed into the second largest city in Michigan and the self-acclaimed "Furniture Capital of the World." Karole Hazelwood's imaginatively constructed Historic Photos of Grand Rapids pays homage to the metropolis with a choice selection of black-and-white images out of its past. An illuminating walk down Memory Lane.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596524736
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Series: Historic Photos Series
  • Pages: 205
  • Sales rank: 941,460
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Karolee R. Hazlewood was born and raised in Michigan, living in various cities in the Upper and Lower Peninsulas. She has worked in the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department of the Grand Rapids Public Library for nearly 14 years, and has developed a fondness for Grand Rapids and its rich history.Karolee's many interests include reading, flea markets, and camping with her family.
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  • Posted January 25, 2009

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    OF INTEREST TO HISTORIANS AND MICHIGANDERS ALIKE

    As a former Michigander I always enjoy reading about and seeing photos of Michigan. Historic Photos of Grand Rapids is a beautifully done volume tracing the history of "The Furniture Capital of the World" from 1850 to the 1960s.<BR/><BR/> Photographs are, of course, the most arresting aids in familiarizing oneself with any subject and this volume presents a number of them accompanied by illuminating explanatory texts. As noted in the Preface the amazing early photographs remain unchanged save for some retouching of imperfections that occurred due to the passage of time and cropping as necessary. Thus, we're privileged to see a chronological development of this city from 1849 when the dam was built on the Grand River to John F. Kennedy in a downtown parade during his presidential campaign.<BR/><BR/> Of value to historians and Michiganders alike Historic Photos of Grand Rapids tells the story of an American city, how it began, how it grew, how it overcame hardships such as the flood of 1904, and how it flourished to be named an All-American City three times.<BR/><BR/> - Gail Cooke

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2011

    Very interesting.

    Fun trying to find today's sites in the old pictures. A family business is featured so just had to get the book.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Nastalgic look at the past

    For anyone interested in a nostalgic trip through Grand Rapids, Michigan's past, this book is a must. It almost makes me wish I had lived in the city during the 1880's and 90's, when Grand Rapids was growing exponentially. In fact, in many ways, I would say the city had better public infrastructure: street cars with service from downtown all the way to Reed's Lake, fair grounds, riverboat transportation, and neighborhoods where people actually knew each other. Then again, the city also had its problem-severe flooding, sanitation issues, deadly influenza pandemics, polio, and typhoid fever-which are barely toughed upon in the book. In any event, the photos, though presented in a somewhat idealized fashion, do a very good job of capturing the spirit of the City of Grand Rapids in simpler, more progress oriented times.

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