In 1836, pioneers settled in a fertile, gently rolling land south of Grand Rapids. Although surveyors said the area was “not destined to amount to much,” the hard-working farmers who settled Kentwood, then known as Paris Township, created a quiet, affable community where life focused on farming, family, and friends. By the 20th century, the strength of the township had attracted thousands. Whether they were fleeing city life in Grand Rapids or emigrating from other countries, everyone longed to share in the prosperity the area offered. Kentwood captures the evolution of this community as it blossomed from a rural farming area into a flourishing city. Images of farms, homes, businesses, and people document the history of a remarkable, ever-changing community.
About the Author
Katerie Prior is a freelance writer who grew up in Grand Rapids. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Grand Adventure: The Heritage of Grand Rapids, Michigan. She is a regular contributor to On-the-Town.