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Encyclopedia > Grand Rapids, Michigan
City of Grand Rapids
Downtown skyline
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Nickname: "Furniture City"
Location of Grand Rapids within Kent County, Michigan
Location of Grand Rapids within Kent County, Michigan
Coordinates: 42°57′40.5″N 85°39′20.59″W / 42.96125, -85.6557194
Country United States
State Michigan
County Kent
Founded 1826
Incorporation 1850
Government
 - Type City Commission-Manager
 - Mayor George Heartwell
 - City Manager Kurt Kimball
Area
 - City 45.3 sq mi (117.4 km²)
 - Land 44.6 sq mi (115.6 km²)
 - Water 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km²)
Elevation 640 ft (242 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 197,800
 - Density 4,434/sq mi (1,710.8/km²)
 - Urban 776,742
 - Metro 1,323,095
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 26-34000[1]
GNIS feature ID 0627105[2]
Website: www.grcity.us

Grand Rapids is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 197,800. The Grand Rapids-Wyoming Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a population of 776,742, while the Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland Combined Statistical Area (CSA) had a population of 1,323,095 as of the 2007 census estimate.[3] It is the county seat of Kent County, Michigan.[4] It is the second largest city in the state and one of the the principal cities in West Michigan. Grand Rapids is the name of several places: In Canada: Grand Rapids, Manitoba In the United States: Grand Rapids, Michigan Grand Rapids, Minnesota Grand Rapids, Ohio Grand Rapids, Wisconsin, former name of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... 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History

Pearl Street, located downtown, c.1885
Pearl Street, located downtown, c.1885

Over 2,000 years ago, people associated with the Hopewell culture occupied the Grand River Valley. Around 1700 A.D., the Ottawa Indians moved into the area and founded several villages along the Grand River. Hopewell mounds from the Mound City Group in Ohio Hopewell culture is the term used to describe common aspects of the Native American culture that flourished along rivers in the northeastern and midwestern United States from 200 BC to 400 A.D. At its greatest extent, Hopewell culture stretched from... The Ottawa (also Odawa or Odaawa) are a Native American people. ... Pedestrian bridge over the Grand River in downtown Lansing The Grand River is the longest river in the U.S. state of Michigan. ...


The Grand Rapids area was first settled by Europeans near the start of the 19th century by missionaries and fur traders. They generally lived in reasonable peace alongside the Ottawa tribespeople, with whom they traded their European metal and textile goods for fur pelts. Joseph and Madeline La Framboise established the first Indian/European trading post in West Michigan, and in present Grand Rapids, on the banks of the Grand River near what is now Ada. After the death of her husband in 1806, Madeline La Framboise carried on, expanding fur trading posts to the west and north. La Framboise, whose ancestry was a mix of French and Indian, later merged her successful operations with the American Fur Company. She retired, at age 41, to Mackinac Island. The first permanent white settler in the Grand Rapids area was a Baptist minister named Isaac McCoy who arrived in 1825. For other uses, see Missionary (disambiguation). ... An Alberta fur trader in the 1890s. ... The Ottawa (also Odawa or Odaawa) are a Native American people. ... Madeline La Framboise (1780-1846), of mixed French and Native American descent, was one of the most successful fur traders in the Northwest Territory. ... Western Michigan, also known as West Michigan, is a region of the U.S. State of Michigan. ... Ada Township is a township located in Kent County, Michigan, United States. ... The American Fur Company was founded by John Jacob Astor in 1808. ... Mackinac Island (pronounced or MACK-in-aw) is an island covering 3. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations · Other religions Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Luther Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Archbishop of Canterbury · Catholic Pope Coptic Pope · Ecumenical Patriarch Christianity Portal This box:      Baptist is... Isaac McCoy (June 13, 1784-1845) was a Baptist missionary to mid-western Native Americans in the United States in the early 19th Century. ...


In 1826 Detroit-born Louis Campau, the official founder of Grand Rapids, built his cabin, trading post, and blackmith shop on the east bank of the Grand River near the rapids. Campau returned to Detroit, then came back a year later with his wife and $5,000 of trade goods to trade with the native tribes. In 1831 the federal survey of the Northwest Territory reached the Grand River and set the boundaries for Kent County, named after prominent New York jurist James Kent. Campau became perhaps the most important settler when, in 1831, he bought 72 acres (291,000 m²) of what is now the entire downtown business district of Grand Rapids. He purchased it from the federal government for $90 and named his tract Grand Rapids. Rival Lucius Lyon, who purchased the rest of the prime land, called his the Village of Kent. Yankee immigrants and others began immigrating from New York and New England in the 1830s. Louis Campau (August 11, 1791–April 13, 1871) was an important figure in the early settlement of two important Michigan cities. ... Detroit redirects here. ... James Kent (1763-1847) James Kent (July 31, 1763–December 12, 1847), American jurist and legal scholar, was born at New York. ... Lucius Lyon (February 26, 1800–September 24, 1851) was a U.S. statesman from the state of Michigan. ... For the Major League Baseball team, see New York Yankees. ... This article is about the state. ... This article is about the region in the United States of America. ...


In 1836 John Ball, representing a group of New York land speculators, bypassed Detroit for a better deal in Grand Rapids. Ball declared the Grand River valley "the promised land, or at least the most promising one for my operations." John Ball (November 12, 1794–February 5, 1884) was born at Tenny Hill, Grafton County, New Hampshire. ...


By 1838, the settlement had incorporated itself as a village, and encompassed an area of approximately three-quarters of a mile (1 km) . The first formal census occurred in 1845, which announced a population of 1,510 and recorded an area of four square miles. The city of Grand Rapids was officially created on May 1, 1850, when the village of Grand Rapids voted to accept the proposed city charter. The population at the time was 2,686. By 1857, the city of Grand Rapids' boundary totaled 10.5 square miles (27 km²). is the 121st day of the year (122nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the game, see: 1850 (board game) 1850 (MDCCCL) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday [1] of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ...


Grand Rapids was also an early participant in the automobile industry, serving as home to the Austin Automobile Company from 1901 until 1921. Automakers are companies that produce automobiles. ... The Austin Automobile Co, Grand Rapids, Michigan, operated from 1901 to 1921. ...

1915 panorama
1915 panorama
2008 panorama
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1850 2,686
1860 8,085 201%
1870 16,507 104.2%
1880 32,016 94%
1890 60,278 88.3%
1900 87,565 45.3%
1910 112,571 28.6%
1920 137,634 22.3%
1930 168,592 22.5%
1940 164,292 −2.6%
1950 176,515 7.4%
1960 177,313 0.5%
1970 197,649 11.5%
1980 181,843 −8%
1990 189,126 4%
2000 197,800 4.6%
Est. 2006 193,083 −2.4%

The Seventh Census of the United States, conducted by the Bureau of the Census, determined the resident population of the United States to be 23,191,876 — an increase of 35. ... The United States Census of 1860 was the eighth Census conducted in the United States. ... The Ninth United States Census was taken in 1870. ... 1880 US Census The United States Census of 1880 was the tenth United States Census. ... The Eleventh United States Census was taken June 1, 1890. ... 1900 US Census The Twelfth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 76,212,168, an increase of 21. ... The Thirteenth United States Census was taken in 1910. ... The Fourteenth United States Census was taken in 1920. ... The Fifteenth United States Census was taken in 1930. ... The Sixteenth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 132,164,569, an increase of 7. ... The Seventeenth United States Census was taken in 1950. ... The Eighteenth United States Census was taken in 1960. ... The Nineteenth United States Census was taken in 1970. ... The Twentieth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 226,545,805, an increase of 11. ... The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ...

Transportation History

The first improved road into the city was completed in 1855. This road was a private, toll plank road from Kalamazoo through Wayland, and was a primary route for freight and passengers until about 1868. This road connected to the outside world via the Michigan Central Railroad at Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo redirects here. ... Wayland is a city in Allegan County in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Michigan Central Railroad operated in the states of Michigan, Indiana, Ontario, and Illinois in the United Statesand Canada. ...


The first railroad into the city was the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad, which commenced service in 1858. In 1869 the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad connected to the city. The Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway, sometimes referred to as the Lake Shore, was a railroad that operated in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and Illinois primarily along the south shore of Lake Erie and across northern Indiana from Buffalo to Chicago. ...


The Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad began passenger and freight service to Cedar Springs, Michigan on December 25, 1867 and to Fort Wayne, Indiana in 1870. This railroad expanded service to Muskegon in 1886. The Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad Company at its height provided passenger and freight railroad services between Cincinnati, Ohio and the Straits of Mackinac. ... Cedar Springs is a city located in Kent County, Michigan, United States, 20 minutes north of Michigans second largest city, Grand Rapids. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... is the 359th day of the year (360th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1867 (MDCCCLXVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Sunday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ...


The Grand Rapids, Newaygo and Lake Shore Railroad completed a line to White Cloud in 1875, White Cloud is a city located in Newaygo County, Michigan. ...


In 1888 the Detroit, Lansing and Northern Railroad connected with Grand Rapids.


Grand Rapids was a home to one of the first regularly scheduled passenger airline in the United States when Stout Air Services began flights from Grand Rapids to Detroit (actually Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan) on July 31, 1926. Detroit redirects here. ... Ford Airport in Dearborn, Michigan was one of the first modern airports in the world. ... Location in Michigan Coordinates: , Country United States State Michigan County Wayne County Government  - Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... is the 212th day of the year (213th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Nowadays, The Rapid provides public transportation with several regular and special routes throughout the greater metro area. There are plans in the works to add more express routes, secondary stations, a streetcar and dedicated (exclusive) highway lanes.


Furniture City

During the second half of the 19th century, the city became a major lumbering center and the premier furniture manufacturing city of the United States. For this reason it was nicknamed "Furniture City". After an international exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876, Grand Rapids became recognized worldwide as a leader in the production of fine furniture. National home furnishing markets were held in Grand Rapids for about 75 years, concluding in the 1960s. Today, Grand Rapids is considered a world leader in the production of office furniture. Timber in storage for later processing at a sawmill roni Lumber or timber is a term used to describe wood, either standing or that has been processed for use — from the time trees are felled, to its end product as a material suitable for industrial use — as structural material for... For the UK band, see Furniture (band). ...


In 1880, the country's first hydro-electric generator was put to use on the city's west side[5]. At the turn of the twentieth century, the people of Grand Rapids numbered 82,565. In 1916, the citizens of Grand Rapids voted to adopt a home rule charter that abolished the old aldermanic systems and replaced it with a commission-manager form of government, one of the first in the country. That 1916 Charter, although amended several times, is still in effect.


In 1945, Grand Rapids became the first city in the United States to add fluoride to its drinking water. This article needs cleanup. ...


Downtown Grand Rapids used to host four department stores: Herpolsheimer's (Lazarus in 1987), Jacobson's, Steketee's (founded in 1862), and Wurzburg's. Like most downtown regional department stores, they suffered the same fate of falling sales, caused largely by the flight to the suburbs, and consolidation in the 1980s and 1990s. F&R Lazarus & Company (commonly known as Lazarus) was a regional department store retail chain primarily in the U.S. Midwest, based in Columbus, Ohio, which operated until March 6, 2005. ... Jacobson Stores was a regional department store chain that thrived primarily in Michigan and Florida, but also had stores in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Kansas. ... Paul Steketee and Sons, otherwise known as Steketees, was a department store company based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ...


Geography and climate

Grand Rapids sits on the banks of the Grand River, where there was once a set of rapids, at an altitude of 610 feet (186 m) above sea level. It is approximately 30 miles (50 km) east of Lake Michigan. The state capital of Lansing lies about 60 miles (100 km) to the east-by-southeast, and Kalamazoo is about 50 miles (80 km) to the south. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (630x1024, 440 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Grand Rapids, Michigan Category: ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (630x1024, 440 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Grand Rapids, Michigan Category: ... Pedestrian bridge over the Grand River in downtown Lansing The Grand River is the longest river in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Pedestrian bridge over the Grand River in downtown Lansing The Grand River is the longest river in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America, and the only one located entirely within the United States. ... Location in Ingham County, Michigan1 Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Ingham, Eaton Settled 1835 Incorporation 1859 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Virg Bernero (D) Area  - City  35. ... Kalamazoo redirects here. ...


Grand Rapids is divided into four quadrants which form a part of mailing addresses in the city. The quadrants are NE (northeast), NW (northwest), SE (southeast), and SW (southwest). Fulton Street serves as the north-south dividing line, while Division Avenue serve as the east-west dividing line separating these quadrants. Look up Quadrant in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 45.3 sq mi (117.4 km²). 44.6 sq mi (115.6 km²) of it is land and 0.7 sq mi (1.8 km², 1.50%) of it is water (primarily the Grand River). The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...

Monthly Normal and Record High and Low Temperatures
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rec High °F 62 69 78 88 92 98 100 100 93 87 77 69
Norm High °F 29.3 32.6 43.3 56.6 69.6 78.4 82.3 79.7 71.7 59.6 45.5 33.7
Norm Low °F 15.6 17.4 25.9 36.1 46.6 55.8 60.5 59 51 40.2 31.2 21.4
Rec Low °F -22 -19 -8 3 22 33 41 39 27 18 5 -18
Precip (in) 2.03 1.54 2.59 3.48 3.35 3.67 3.56 3.78 4.28 2.8 3.35 2.7
Source: USTravelWeather.com [1]

Demographics

As of the census of 2000[6], there were 197,800 people, 73,217 households, and 44,369 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,431.2/sq mi (1,710.8/km²). There were 77,960 housing units at an average density of 1,746.5/sq mi (674.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 67.30% White American (62.5% non-Hispanic White), 20.41% African American, 0.74% Native American, 1.62% Asian American, 0.12% Pacific Islander American, 6.63% from other races, and 3.19% from two or more races. 13.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The city had a foreign-born population of 10.5%. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The term white American (often used interchangeably and incorrectly with Caucasian American[2] and within the United States simply white[3]) is an umbrella term that refers to people of European descent residing in the United States. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... An Asian American is a person of Asian ancestry or origin who was born in or is an immigrant to the United States. ... // Demographics in 2000 US Census Pacific Islander Americans represent the smallest group counted on the 2000 US Census. ... Hispanic (Spanish: ; Portuguese: ; Latin: , adjective from Hispānia, the Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula) is a term that historically denoted relation to the ancient Hispania and its peoples. ... For the Brazilian pop singer, see Latino (singer). ...


There were 73,217 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.3% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.24. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the age of 18, 13.1% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 16.7% from 45 to 64, and 11.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.5 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $37,224, and the median income for a family was $44,224. Males had a median income of $33,050 versus $26,382 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,661. 15.7% of the population and 11.9% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 19.4% are under the age of 18 and 10.4% are 65 or older. Per capita income means how much each individual receives, in monetary terms, of the yearly income generated in their country. ...


Government and politics

Like the surrounding counties, the Grand Rapids area has traditionally been a stronghold for the Republican Party, but the city itself leans Democratic. GOP redirects here. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic...


The city is the center of the 3rd Congressional District, represented by Republican Vern Ehlers. Former President Gerald Ford represented the district from 1949 to 1974. Ford died on December 26, 2006 at his home in Palm Springs, California, and was buried on the grounds of his Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids on January 3, 2007. United States House of Representatives, Michigan District 2 is a United States Congressional district in Western Michigan. ... Vernon James Ehlers (born February 6, 1934), American politician, is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing the 3rd District of Michigan (map). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Gerald Ford, see Gerald Ford (disambiguation). ... is the 360th day of the year (361st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ...


Grand Rapids (including the suburbs of Ada, East Grand Rapids, Wyoming, Grandville, Walker, and Kentwood) also serves as the home business base of one of the largest past political funders of the national Republican Party, Richard and Helen De Vos, and former Ambassador to Italy, Peter Secchia. Peter F. Secchia, (born 15 April 1937), is an Italian-American diplomat and businessman. ...


However, despite Grand Rapids' reputation for conservatism, the city tends to elect Democrats. Both of its representatives in the Michigan State House of Representatives are Democrats, and in the past two presidential elections Democratic candidates Al Gore and John Kerry won the majority of votes in the city of Grand Rapids. (The city itself hasn't elected a Republican candidate for President since George H W Bush in 1988.) Cora B. Anderson House of Representatives Office Building, Downtown Lansing The Michigan State House of Representatives is the lower body of the Michigan Legislature. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  Politics Portal      Further information: Politics of the United States#Organization of American political parties The Democratic... This article is about the former Vice President of the United States. ... John Forbes Kerry (born December 11, 1943) is the junior United States Senator from Massachusetts, in his fourth term of office. ... Order: 41st President Term of Office: January 20, 1989–January 20, 1993 Preceded by: Ronald Reagan Succeeded by: Bill Clinton Date of birth: June 12, 1924 Place of birth: Milton, Massachusetts Date of death: Place of death: First Lady: Barbara Pierce Bush Political party: Republican Vice President: Dan Quayle George...


Commission-Manager plan

Under Michigan law, Grand Rapids is a home rule city and adopted a city charter in 1916 providing for the Commission-Manager form of municipal government. Under this system, the political responsibilities are divided between an elected City Commission and a hired full-time City Manager. Two part-time Commissioners are elected to four-year terms from each of three wards, with half of these seats up for election every two years. The part-time Mayor is elected every four years by the city at large, and serves as chair of the Commission, with a vote equal to that of a Commissioner. The races—held in odd-numbered years—are formally non-partisan, although the party and other political affiliations of candidates do sometimes come up during the campaign period. The Commission sets policy for the city, and is responsible for hiring the City Manager and other appointed officials [2]. The Home Rule Cities Act was enacted by the Michigan Legislature as Public Act 279 of 1909. ... The council-manager government is one of two main variations of representative municipal government in the United States. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Local government of the United States. ...


Mayor

George Heartwell was elected mayor of Grand Rapids after long-serving mayor John H. Logie declined to run for re-election in 2003. Logie felt the position should be made full-time, but to avoid the question becoming a referendum on whether he should hold the job full-time, he announced that he would not run for re-election. The voters decided to keep the position part-time, and Heartwell was elected. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


Heartwell assumed office on January 1, 2004. Prior to being mayor, Heartwell was a City Commissioner for the third ward, 1992-1999. Heartwell currently serves as President and CEO of Pilgrim Manor Retirement Community. He was Director of the Community Leadership Institute at Aquinas College, where he also was a professor in the Community Leadership undergraduate study program. Mayor Heartwell is an ordained minister for the United Church of Christ, and served for 14 years at Heartside Ministry, a program for the homeless in Grand Rapids. He was previously the president of Heartwell Mortgage Corporation [3]. is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Aquinas College logo Aquinas College, located on a 107-acre campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective. ... Disambiguation: This article is about the United States denomination known as United Church of Christ. ...


In August, 2007, Mayor Heartwell was re-elected to a second mayoral term in Grand Rapids. He won the primary election with 51% of the vote.

See also: List of mayors of Grand Rapids, Michigan

This is a list of mayors of Grand Rapids, Michigan: H. R. Williams, 1850 Ralph W. Cole, 1851 William H. Withey, 1852 Thomas B. Church, 1853 Wilder D. Foster, 1854 Charles Shepard, 1855 John M. Fox, 1856 William T. Powers, 1857 Gilbert M. McCray, 1858 George K. Johnson, 1859 Martin...

Economy

Grand Rapids has long been a center for furniture and automobile manufacturing; however, the presence of both industries has declined in the region along with manufacturing in general. American Seating, Steelcase and Herman Miller, major manufacturers of office furniture, are based in the Grand Rapids area. For the UK band, see Furniture (band). ... Car redirects here. ... Manufacturing (from Latin manu factura, making by hand) is the use of tools and labor to make things for use or sale. ... American Seating Inc. ... Steelcase (NYSE: SCS) is an international office furniture company. ... This article is about the American manufacturer of office furniture and equipment. ...


In 1880, Sligh Furniture Company started manufacturing furniture.[7] In 1881, the Furniture Manufacturers Association (FMA) was organized in Grand Rapids, it was apparently the first furniture manufacturing advocacy group in the country.[8] Also Since 1912, Kindel Furniture Company,[9] and since 1922, the Hekman/Woodmark Furniture Company,[10] have been designing and manufacturing traditional American furniture in Grand Rapids. All of these companies are still producing furniture today.


More recently the city has had some success in developing and attracting businesses focusing on the health sciences, with facilities such as the Van Andel Research Institute (primarily focused on cancer research), Grand Valley State University's Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences (undergraduate and graduate medical programs, doctorate program in Physical Therapy), and Michigan State University's planned medical school, adjacent to GVSU's Cook-DeVos Center and Spectrum Health's Butterworth Hospital.This year, several million dollars will be spent on new hospitals (including the Spectrum Health Cancer Pavilion and the Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children's Hospital), medical research centers and health facilities. Most of these facilities are based on Michigan Avenue medical corridor, and is commonly known as "Medical Mile". Employment opportunities thrive and the growth has developed specialized health science employment groups to facilitate the influx, such as the Medical Mile Group. Health Sciences are the group of disciplines of applied science dealing with human and animal health. ... Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is an American university located in Allendale, Michigan. ... Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ... The Grand Rapids Medical Corridor is around a mile of medical related development in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that borders both sides of Michigan Street. ...


The Grand Rapids area is also home to a number of well known companies that include; Alticor/Amway (a consumer goods manufacturer and distributor), Foremost Insurance Company (a specialty lines insurance company), Meijer (a Supercenter chain), GE Aviation (formerly Smiths Industries, an Aerospace products company), Wolverine World Wide (a designer and manufacturer of shoes, boots and clothing), MC Sports, Inc. (a regional sports retail chain) and Universal Forest Products (a building materials company). Alticor is a privately-held corporation, owned by members of the DeVos and Van Andel families. ... Headquarters in Ada, Michigan Amway is a multi-level marketing, or network marketing, company founded in 1959 by Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos. ... For other uses, see Meijer (disambiguation). ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... Smiths Group is a British engineering company involved in wide-ranging speciality engineering activities. ... Look up aerospace in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The Wolverine World Wide logo. ... This article is under construction. ...


The city is also known as a center of Christian publishing, home to Zondervan, Baker Books, Kregel Publications, and Eerdmans Publishing. For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Publishing (disambiguation). ... Zondervan is an international Christian media and publishing company, one of the four businesses founded by Dutch-Americans that have made Grand Rapids, Michigan into the USAs Christian Publishing Capital, alongside Eerdmans, Baker Books, and Kregel. ... Baker Book House is a Christian book publisher based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Wm. ...


The surrounding area is noted for its fruit production. Due to its close proximity to Lake Michigan the climate is considered prime for apple, peach, and blueberry farming. For other uses, see Fruit (disambiguation). ... Lake Michigan is one of the five Great Lakes of North America, and the only one located entirely within the United States. ... This article is about the fruit. ... Binomial name (L.) Batsch Percentages are relative to US recommendations for adults. ... For other uses, see Blueberry (disambiguation). ...


In recent years, the convention business has seen an increase following the construction of the DeVos Place Convention Center. DeVos Place Convention Center DeVos Place Convention Center, erected in 2003 on the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a multi-purpose convention center. ...


Education

The Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library
The Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library

Grand Rapids is home to several colleges and universities. Aquinas College, Calvin College, Grace Bible College, Kuyper College, and Cornerstone University are private, religious schools, each with a campus within the city. Grand Rapids Community College maintains a campus downtown and facilities in other parts of the city and surrounding region. Grand Valley State University continues to develop its presence in the city with an expanding downtown campus, begun in the late 1990s on the west bank of the Grand River. ITT Technical Institute has a variety of technical programs and it continues to grow as they are moving to a new campus later on this year right next door to the new Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming. Ferris State University has a growing campus downtown, including the Applied Technology Center (operated with GRCC) and the prestigious Kendall College of Art and Design. Thomas M. Cooley Law School, a private institution, has a campus in Grand Rapids. Davenport University, a state-wide educational institution, has its main campus in Grand Rapids as well as several satellite locations. Western Michigan University has a long-standing graduate program in the city, with facilities downtown and in the southeast. Clinical Pastoral Education is also offered at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services in nearby Cutlerville, Michigan. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2304x1728, 1801 KB) Summary Copyright (c) 2006 Jesse Scott Munroe. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2304x1728, 1801 KB) Summary Copyright (c) 2006 Jesse Scott Munroe. ... The Grand Rapids Public Library located in dowtown Grand Rapids, Michigan and also includes seven branch libraries throughout the city. ... Aquinas College logo Aquinas College, located on a 107-acre campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, provides a liberal arts education with a global perspective. ... This article is about a liberal arts college in the United States. ... Kuyper College is a ministry-focused Christian leadership college located in Grand Rapids Charter Township, just northeast of the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Cornerstone University is a private, independent, non-denominational Christian liberal arts college located on the east side of Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Grand Rapids Community College is a college offering an Associates degree, a variety of certification programs, occupational training, and other learning opportunities for the surrounding community. ... Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is an American university located in Allendale, Michigan. ... ITT Technical Institute (often shortened to ITT Tech) is a private, for-profit, nationally accredited technical institute with over 85 campuses in over 30 states of the United States. ... Ferris State University is an institute of higher learning whose main campus is located in Big Rapids, Michigan, in Mecosta County, with a secondary campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and smaller programs located throughout the region. ... Kendall College of Art and Design, of Ferris State University is a college of the visual arts in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. ... Thomas M. Cooley Law School, located in Lansing, Michigan, is the largest law school in the United States. ... Davenport University is a private, non-profit, multi-location university offering masters degrees, bachelors degrees, associates degrees, diplomas, and certification programs in business, technology, health professions, and graduate studies (MBA). ... Western Michigan University (abbr. ... Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education for ministry. ... Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services is a Psychiatric Hospital and mental health treatment facility based primarily in West Michigan. ... Cutlerville is an unincorporated community located in Kent County, Michigan, United States. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


K-12 public education is provided by the Grand Rapids Public Schools as well as a number of charter schools. The Grand Rapids Public Schools is a public education school system covering all of Grand Rapids, MI Category: ... In the United States, a charter school is a school that is created via a legal charter. ...


Grand Rapids is home of the oldest co-educational Catholic high school in the United States, Catholic Central High School (Grand Rapids, Michigan) Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School is a Catholic high school located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. ...


As of 2006, there is an active movement among community leaders to have Michigan State University open a new medical school in Grand Rapids.[4]. Michigan State University College of Human Medicine will relocate and expand from East Lansing to downtown Grand Rapids. The College of Human Medicine is one of three fully accredited four-year medical schools at MSU, along with the College of Osteopathic Medicine and College of Veterinary Medicine. On April 21, 2008, the Secchia Center medical education building, a $90 million, seven-story, 180,000-square-foot (17,000 m²) facility, began construction at Michigan Street hill and Division Avenue. Michigan State University (MSU) is a co-educational public research university in East Lansing, Michigan USA. Founded in 1855, it was the pioneer land-grant institution and served as a model for future land-grant colleges in the United States under the 1862 Morrill Act. ...


Culture

The Van Andel Museum Center
The Van Andel Museum Center

Beginning with the installation of Alexander Calder's abstract sculpture La Grande Vitesse (French for "The Grand Rapids"), the very first financially funded project in the United States by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1969, the city has been host to the annual Festival of the Arts downtown since 1970, known to locals simply as Festival. During the first weekend in June, several blocks of downtown surrounding the Calder stabile in Vandenberg Plaza are closed to traffic. Festival features several stages with free live performances, food booths selling a variety of ethnic cuisine, art demonstrations and sales, and other arts-related activities. Organizers bill it as the largest all-volunteer arts festival in the United States, though this is a bit of a misnomer since sound companies and other professionals are paid for their services. Vandenberg Plaza also hosts various ethnic festivals that take place throughout the summer season. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x683, 402 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Grand Rapids, Michigan Public Museum of Grand Rapids Category: ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x683, 402 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Grand Rapids, Michigan Public Museum of Grand Rapids Category: ... For other persons named Alexander Calder, see Alexander Calder (disambiguation). ... The National Endowment for the Arts is a United States federally funded program that offers support and funding for projects that exhibit artistic excellence. ... The Calder Sun, official logo of the Festival The Festival of the Arts, or simply Festival is a three day arts festival in Grand Rapids held on the first Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of June. ... For other persons named Alexander Calder, see Alexander Calder (disambiguation). ... Stabile can refer to a number of different people and things, including: The last name, Stabile, derives from the medieval personal name Stabile, originally from Latin stabilis (meaning firm, constant and/or steadfast). ... Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg (March 22, 1884–April 18, 1951) was a Republican Senator from the state of Michigan who participated in the creation of the United Nations. ... Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg (March 22, 1884–April 18, 1951) was a Republican Senator from the state of Michigan who participated in the creation of the United Nations. ...


Summer concludes with Celebration on the Grand the weekend after Labor Day featuring free concerts, West Michigan's largest fireworks display and food booths. Celebration on the Grand is an all volunteer event to celebrate life in the Grand River valley. Image:Cotgwater. ... This article is about the holiday in the United States. ... Image:Cotgwater. ...


In Grand Rapids in 1973, Main Street America celebrated mainstream art, as the city hosted Sculpture off the Pedestal, an exemplar of public sculpture exhibitions, which assembled 13 world-renowned artists, including Mark di Suvero, John Henry, Kenneth Snelson, Robert Morris, John Mason and Stephen Antonakos, in a single, citywide celebration. Sculpture off the Pedestal was a public/private partnership, which included financial support by the National Endowment for the Arts, educational support from the Michigan Council for the Arts and in-kind contributions from individuals, business and industry. Fund-raising events, volunteers and locals housing artists contributed to the public character of the event. Aurora, by Suvero, at the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Mark di Suvero (born as Marco Polo di Suvero) is an American abstract expressionist sculptor born in Shanghai, China in 1933. ... Needle Tower by Kenneth Snelson (1968) Needle Tower II by Kenneth Snelson (1969) Kenneth Snelson (born June 29, 1927) is a contemporary sculptor and photographer. ... Bronze Gate (2005) is a cor-ten steel work by Robert Morris. ... John Mason (born in 1927 in Madrid, Nebraska) is a contemporary American artist. ... The National Endowment for the Arts is a United States federally funded program that offers support and funding for projects that exhibit artistic excellence. ...


On November 10, 2004, the grand premier of the film The Polar Express was held in Grand Rapids, the movie's setting and home of the book's author Chris Van Allsburg, and its main character. The Meijer Gardens created a Polar Express display which was part of their larger Christmas Around the World exhibit. The Polar Express is a 1985 childrens book (ISBN 0-86264-143-8) written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg, a former professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. ... Chris Van Allsburg (born June 18, 1949 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American author and illustrator of childrens books. ...


In mid-2004, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) began construction on a new, larger building for its art museum collection, which opened in October, 2007 at 101 Monroe Center NW. The new building site faces downtown's Ecliptic by Maya Lin at Rosa Parks Circle. The Museum was completed in 2007 and became the first LEED certified Art Museum in the world. In 1910, a City Federation of Womens Clubs charged with promoting Municipal Beauty founded the Art Association of Grand Rapids. ... Visitors at Vietnam Veterans Memorial Maya Ying Lin (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; born October 5, 1959) is an American artist who has become known for her work in sculpture and landscape art. ... Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African American civil rights activist and seamstress whom the U.S. Congress dubbed the Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement. Parks is famous for her refusal on December 1, 1955 to obey bus driver James Blake...


Sites of interest

President Ford's Tomb at his Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan
President Ford's Tomb at his Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan
The Gerald R. Ford Museum, located on the west bank of the Grand River.
The Gerald R. Ford Museum, located on the west bank of the Grand River.
The Heritage Hill Neighborhood
The Heritage Hill Neighborhood
The Wealthy Street Theatre
The Wealthy Street Theatre

Grand Rapids is the home of John Ball Park, Belknap Hill, and the Gerald R. Ford Museum, the final resting place of the 38th President of the United States. Significant buildings in the downtown include the DeVos Place Convention Center, Van Andel Arena, the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, and now the JW Marriott Hotel. The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts is located downtown, and houses art exhibits, a movie theater, and the urban clay studio. Image File history File linksMetadata Fords_grave. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Fords_grave. ... Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum at night. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1152x864, 443 KB) I took it myself I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1152x864, 443 KB) I took it myself I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... The Gerald R. Ford Museum is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1152x864, 496 KB) I took it myself. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1152x864, 496 KB) I took it myself. ... Heritage Hill is a neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is one of the largest urban historic districts in the United States. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1152x864, 443 KB) I took it myself I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1152x864, 443 KB) I took it myself I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... John Ball Park is a large urban park and zoo located on the west side of the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan in the U.S. The John Ball Zoo is contained within John Ball Park. ... Belknap Hill (also called Lookout Hill), is a prominent river bluff directly northeast of downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... The Gerald R. Ford Museum is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... DeVos Place Convention Center DeVos Place Convention Center, erected in 2003 on the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a multi-purpose convention center. ... The Van Andel Arena. ... Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is named for the multi-level marketing company Amway, which is based in Grand Rapids. ...


Along the Grand River are symbolic burial mounds which were used by the Hopewell tribe, a fish ladder, and a riverwalk which includes a monument to fluoridation. Pedestrian bridge over the Grand River in downtown Lansing The Grand River is the longest river in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Alternate meanings of barrow: see Barrow_in_Furness for the town of Barrow in Cumbria, England; also Barrow, Alaska in the U.S.; also River Barrow in Ireland. ... Hopewell mounds from the Mound City Group in Ohio Hopewell culture is the term used to describe common aspects of the Native American culture that flourished along rivers in the northeastern and midwestern United States from 200 BC to 400 A.D. At its greatest extent, Hopewell culture stretched from... Pool-and-weir fish ladder at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River Fishways, most commonly referred to as fish ladders but also known as fish passes, are structures placed on or around man-made barriers (such as dams and weirs) to assist the natural migration of diadromous fishes. ... Milwaukee Riverwalk The Milwaukee Riverwalk is a continuous pedestrian walkway along the Milwaukee River in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... This article needs cleanup. ...


Grand Rapids is also home to the Van Andel Museum Center. Founded in 1854, it is among the oldest history museums in the United States. The museum's sites currently include the main site constructed in 1994 on the west bank of the Grand River (home to the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium, the Voigt House Victorian Museum, and the City Archives and Records Center, which was the site of the museum and planetarium prior to 1994. The museum has, in the past few years, played host to a handful of notable exhibitions, including the Dead Sea Scrolls, and The Quest for Immortality: the Treasures of Ancient Egypt. The museum is set up as a non-profit institution owned and managed by the Public Museum of Grand Rapids Foundation. The Van Andel Museum Center The Public Museum, Grand Rapids, Michigan, founded in 1854 as the Grand Rapids Lyceum of Natural History in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is among the oldest history museums in the United States. ... Pedestrian bridge over the Grand River in downtown Lansing The Grand River is the longest river in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium, named for astronaut Roger B. Chaffee, was constructed in the early 1960s as part of the Public Museum of Grand Rapids. ... The Dead Sea scrolls consist of roughly 1000 documents, including texts from the Hebrew Bible, discovered between 1947 and 1979 in eleven caves in and around the Wadi Qumran (near the ruins of the ancient settlement of Khirbet Qumran, on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea) in the West...


Heritage Hill, a neighborhood in the southeastern section of town. It is one of the largest Urban Historic Districts in the country, with over 1000 Victorian homes. Of particular significance is the Meyer May House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908 was commissioned by local merchant Meyer May who operated a men's clothing store (May's of Michigan). The house is now a free museum owned and operated by Steelcase who restored the property in the 1980s. Heritage Hill is a neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is one of the largest urban historic districts in the United States. ... Manchester Town Hall is an example of Victorian architecture found in Manchester, UK. The Carson Mansion is an example of a Victorian home in Eureka, California, USA The term Victorian architecture can refer to one of a number of architectural styles predominantly in the Victorian era. ... Designed by Americas most famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Meyer May House was commissioned in 1908 by Meyer S. May, a prominent Grand Rapids, Michigan, clothier and his wife Sophie Amberg. ... Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer, educator, and philosopher who designed more than 1,000 projects, of which more than 500 resulted in completed works. ... Steelcase (NYSE: SCS) is an international office furniture company. ...


Grand Rapids is home to a myriad of theatres and stages, including the newly-reconstructed Civic Theatre (also known as the Meijer Majestic), the city's largest theatre DeVos hall, and the convertible Van Andel Arena. Further east of downtown is the historic Wealthy Street Theatre.


In Grand Rapids Township, the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park combine 125 acres (1 km²) of world-class botanical gardens and artwork from such sculptors as Mark di Suvero, Alexander Calder, Edgar Degas, and Auguste Rodin. The Gardens' amphitheatre plays host to numerous concerts each summer, featuring such eccelctic acts as Jonny Lang, The Pointer Sisters, Lyle Lovett, Cowboy Junkies, and B.B. King. As Michigan's second most popular destination (after The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn), the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park is rapidly gaining national renown. Sunset at Meijer Gardens Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a 125-acre botanical garden and outdoor sculpture park located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Aurora, by Suvero, at the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden Mark di Suvero (born as Marco Polo di Suvero) is an American abstract expressionist sculptor born in Shanghai, China in 1933. ... For other persons named Alexander Calder, see Alexander Calder (disambiguation). ... Degas redirects here. ... Auguste Rodin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... Jonny Lang (born Jon Gordon Langseth, Jr. ... The Pointer Sisters was an American vocal group and recording act that achieved great success during the 1970s and 1980s. ... Lyle Lovett, from the cover of 1996s The Road to Ensenada Lyle Lovett (born in Klein, Texas on November 1, 1957) is an American singer-songwriter. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Riley B. King aka B. B. King (b. ... A Ford Model T, used for giving tourist rides, is shown above at Greenfield Village. ... Dearborn is a city of nearly 98,000 people located in the Metro Detroit metropolitan area and Wayne County, Michigan. ...


Slightly east of the downtown area are the Eastown business district and the city of East Grand Rapids . The movie American Pie is based around writer Adam Herz's high school days as family that lived in East Grand Rapids. Many of the places and names in the movie are slightly and intentionally off from places and names in East Grand Rapids. Examples include East Grand Rapids/East Grand Falls, Yesterdog/the hot dog place that they frequent, the high school in the movie, and more. While in "East Town", Yesterdog provides a truly unique hot dog experience since their walls are covered with pictures of famous people wearing Yesterdog shirts, as well as patrons wearing Yesterdog shirts while in far away places such as in front of the Taj Mahal. While in Eastown, other noteworthy sites include an Indian restaurant called Bombay Cuisine, 76 Coffee House, Billy's House of Blues, Mulligan's Bar, Gaia vegetarian restaurant, and more. Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Kent Government  - Mayor Cindy Bartman Area  - City  3. ... For other uses, see American Pie (disambiguation). ...


Music

Melodic metal band Still Remains hail from Grand Rapids. The band split in May 2008. Soul Singer Al Green hails from Grand Rapids, as does Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Pepers. Local singer songwriter Ralston Bowles released his 2nd CD (Rally at the Texas Hotel) internationally on Judy Collins Wildflower Records label in 2008. Still Remains is also a song from the 1994 Stone Temple Pilots album, Purple. ...


Printed media

The Grand Rapids Press is the daily newspaper, while the "Advance" group of weekly papers provides more community-based news. The Grand Rapids Press is a daily newspaper published in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ...


Gemini Publications is a niche, regional publishing company that produces the weekly newspaper Grand Rapids Business Journal, the magazines Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Family and Michigan Blue, and several other quarterly and annual business-to-business publications.


Television

The Grand Rapids area is home to several television stations, and is the second largest television market in Michigan. Stations serving the area include WWMT (CBS, actually licensed to Kalamazoo), WOOD (NBC), WZZM (ABC), and WXMI (Fox). Other stations include WOTV, an ABC affiliate licensed to Battle Creek, WZPX (ION), and WTLJ (TCT). WXSP, is a low-powered MyNetworkTV affiliate. With the merger of UPN and The WB Television Network into The CW Television Network WXSP lost its affiliation with UPN, the CW is now carried on a separate digital broadcast by WWMT. WGVU is the area's PBS member station, along with satellite station WGVK. Grand Rapids Internet Television produces local, independent programming available on-line only. WWMT CBS 3 is the CBS television affiliate for the West Michigan television market. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Kalamazoo redirects here. ... WOOD-TV is the NBC affiliate for West Michigan (the Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Michigan television market). ... This article is about the television network. ... WZZM-TV, channel 13, is a television station affiliated with the ABC network, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... WXMI, FOX17 Channel 17 (Digital Channel 19) is the Western Michigan affiliate for the Fox Broadcasting Company. ... FOX redirects here. ... WOTV is a television station affiliated with the ABC network. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... “Battle Creek” redirects here. ... WZPX-TV is a television station affiliated with the i network (formerly PAX-TV) and The WB, broadcasting on channel 43 ( and digital channel 44) in the Grand Rapids, Michigan metropolitan area. ... ION Television is a broadcast and cable television network first broadcast on August 31, 1998 under the name PAX TV (early on in its development, it was called PaxNet). ... WTLJ-TV is a television station broadcasting in the Grand Rapids, Michigan metropolitan area on channels 54 in Grand Rapids and 24 in Kalamazoo. ... Tri-State Christian Television (TCT) is a Christian television network and owner of television stations, primarily in the Midwest. ... WXSP-CA (WXSP, The X) is a low-powered television station and UPN affiliate serving Grand Rapids, Michigan and nearby cities. ... MyNetworkTV (sometimes written My Network TV, and unofficially abbreviated MyNet, MyTV, MYN-TV, MNT, or MNTV) is a television network in the United States, owned by the Fox Broadcasting Company, a division of News Corporation. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... The Warner Bros. ... The CW Television Network, normally abbreviated to The CW, also known as The New CW in its first season of the network, is a television network in the United States launched during the 2006 television season. ... UPN (which originally stood for the United Paramount Network) was a television network in over 200 markets in the United States. ... WGVU-TV is a television station affiliated with the PBS network, broadcasting on channel 35 in the Grand Rapids, Michigan metropolitan area and channel 52 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. ... PBS redirects here. ...


The city has two public access televisions, GRTV and LiveWire that offer independent programming and news for the city. These two outlets are both produced by the Community Media Center, a cooperative of public access, nonprofit media affiliates. Two Educational Access Channels and a Governmental Access Channel, the Grand Rapids Information Network (GRIN) are also available on cable. Similarly, the website Media Mouse provides internet-based progressive independent media. GRNow is also another online site providing independent media. Media Mouse Media Mouse is a Grand Rapids, Michigan independent media web site. ...


Radio

The Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area has a variety of radio stations.

  • 88.1 WYCE Grand Rapids- Folk/Blues/Jazz/Rock/World Beat
  • 88.5 WGVU Allendale - Public/NPR/Jazz/Blues "West Michigan Public Radio"
  • 88.9/90.3 WBLU/WBLV Grand Rapids/Muskegon - Classical "Blue Lake Public Radio"
  • 89.1 WIDR Kalamazoo - College "Your Station for Radio Evolution"
  • 89.3 WGNB Zeeland - Religious "Moody Broadcasting Network"
  • 89.9/88.3 WAYG/WAYK Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo - Contemporary Christian "Way FM", Commercial Free
  • 90.7 W214AY Walker - Religious "Calvary Satellite Network"
  • 91.3 WCSG Grand Rapids - Religious "Family Friendly, Commercial Free"
  • 92.3 WZUU Allegan - Classic Rock "92.3 the Zoo"
  • 92.5 WLAW Newaygo - Country
  • 92.7 WYVN Saugatuck - Classic Hits "92.7 the Van"
  • 93.7 WBCT Grand Rapids - Country "B-93" WBCT: America's most powerful radio station (320,000 watts)
  • 94.5 WTNR Holland - Country "Thunder 94-5"
  • 95.3 WBCK Battle Creek - Talk Radio
  • 95.7 WLHT Grand Rapids - Adult Contemporary "W-Lite"
  • 96.1 WMAX Holland - Hot Adult Contemporary (Modern AC-leaning) "96.1 Max FM"
  • 96.5 WYZO Portage - Country "Y96.5 Kalamazoo Country"
  • 96.9 WLAV Grand Rapids - Classic Rock "97 LAV"
  • 97.9 WGRD Grand Rapids - Alternative "Grand Rapids' Rock Alternative"
  • 98.3 WLCS North Muskegon - Oldies "Oldies 98"
  • 98.5/95.5 WNWN/W238AL Coldwater/Portage - Country "Win 98.5"
  • 98.7 WFGR Grand Rapids - Oldies "Oldies 98.7"
  • 99.3 WJQK Zeeland - Contemporary Christian "JQ99 FM"
  • 100.1 WBCH Hastings - Country "World's Best Country Hits"
  • 100.5 WTRV Walker - Adult Contemporary "The River"
  • 100.9 WQXC-FM Otsego - Oldies "Cool 101"
  • 101.3 WBFX Grand Rapids - Classic Rock "101 The Fox"
  • 101.7 WMRR Muskegon - Classic Rock "Total Rock 101.7"
  • 102.1 WMUK Kalamazoo - Public/Variety "Kalamazoo Public Radio"
  • 102.9 WFUR Grand Rapids - Religious "Christian Radio"
  • 103.3 WKFR Kalamazoo - Contemporary Hits "Continuouse Hit Music"
  • 104.1 WVGR Grand Rapids via Ann Arbor - Public/News-Talk "Michigan Radio" WVGR: Broadcasts with 108,000 watts and in mono
  • 104.5 WSNX Muskegon - Contemporary Hits "Continuous Hit Music"
  • 104.9 WBXX Battle Creek - Adult Contemporary "Soft Rock 104.9"
  • 105.3 WHTS Coopersville/Grand Rapids - Hot AC/Adult CHR "Hot 105.3" WHTS
  • 105.7 WOOD Grand Rapids - Adult Contemporary "Star 105.7" WOOD: broadcasts with 265,000 watts
  • 106.3 WSCG Lakeview - Classic Country "Classic Hit Country 106.3"
  • 106.5 WQLR Kalamazoo - Adult Contemporary "Q-106.5 FM"
  • 106.9 WMUS Muskegon - Country "107 MUSNNATE BLAIR HAS NO BALLZ
  • 107.3 WKLQ Grand Rapids - New Rock "107.3 KLQ"
  • 1140AM WJNZ Grand Rapids - Urban Adult Contemporary (Tom Joyner Morning Show/The Pulse Of The City/Talk Show).
  • 1300AM WOOD Grand Rapids Talk
  • 1340AM WBBL Grand Rapids Sports
  • 1410AM WNWZ Grand Rapids - Regional Mexican "La Maquina Musical"
  • 1480AM WGVU Kentwood - Public/NPR/News- Talk "West Michigan Public Radio"
  • 1230AM Grand Rapids Talk
  • 640AM Grand Rapids Sports,Health,Urban Talk
  • 1610AM WCKS Allendale - "The Whale" Grand Valley State University's Student Run Radio

WYCE (88. ... WGVU-FM is a radio station that serves that Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area and is simulcasted throughout Western Michigan. ... WBLV (90. ... WIDR (89. ... WGNB (89. ... WAYG is an FM radio station in Grand Rapids, MI. At dial position 89. ... KAWZ is an FM radio station in Twin Falls, Idaho operating on a frequency of 89. ... After five years of preparation, 91. ... WZUU (92. ... WLAW is an FM radio station located in Newaygo, Michigan owned by Citadel Communications. ... WYVN (92. ... WBCT also known as B-93 is a radio station in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a country music format. ... WTNR (94. ... WBCK is a radio station in Battle Creek, Michigan, United States. ... WLHT, also known as Lite Rock 95. ... WWVA-FM, (Vida 105) is a radio station in Atlanta, Georgia that plays Spanish top 40 music. ... Wyzo browser, with its new orange theme and start page. ... WLAV-FM (96. ... 97. ... WLCS (98. ... WNWN (1560 AM) is a radio station licensed to Portage, Michigan broadcasting an adult urban contemporary format. ... WFGR is the dominant oldies music radio station in the market of Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... WJQK-FM is a contemporary Christian music radio station in Holland, Michigan on a frequency of 99. ... WBCH (1220 AM) is a radio station licensed to Hastings, Michigan broadcasting a news/talk format. ... WTRV (100. ... WQXC-FM (100. ... WBFX (101. ... WMRR (101. ... WMUK is a non profit public radio station at 102. ... WFUR (1570 AM, Your Family Station) is a radio station broadcasting a religious format licensed to Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... WKFR, also known as KFR, is a Top 40 outlet serving the Kalamazoo, Michigan radio market. ... WUOM is the NPR radio station at 91. ... Michigan Radio is the collective name for the network of radio stations operated by the Michigan Public Media unit of the University of Michigan. ... WSNX-Muskegon, MI This station is located in Clear Channels Grand Rapids, MI headquarters. ... WBXX is a radio station in Battle Creek, Michigan that broadcasts at 95. ... WHTS was a radio station licensed to Rock Island, Illinois, and had a Top 40/contemporary hit radio format. ... For other uses, see Wood (disambiguation). ... WSCG (1380 AM) and WSCG-FM (106. ... WQLR, also known as 106. ... WMUS (106. ... WKLQ is a radio station playing hard rock and owned by Citadel Broadcasting, transmitting on a frequency of 107. ... WJNZ (1140 AM, 1140 Jamz) is a radio station broadcasting a urban adult contemporary format. ... For other uses, see Wood (disambiguation). ... WBBL (1340 AM, The Ball) is a radio station broadcasting an all-sports format. ... WNWZ (1410 AM, La Maquina Musical) is a radio station broadcasting a Spanish contemporary hits format, licensed to Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... WGVU West Michigan Public Broadcasting is a group of radio and television stations licensed to and operated by Grand Valley State University, serving the Greater Grand Rapids, Michigan / Western Michigan area of the United States. ...

Sports

Several professional sports teams call Grand Rapids home:

Club Sport Year Founded League Venue Championships
West Michigan Whitecaps Baseball 1994 Midwest League Fifth Third Ballpark Championship Series winners: 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2007; Best regular season record: 1997, 1998, 2000, 2006, 2007
Grand Rapids Flight Basketball 2004 International Basketball League DeltaPlex Arena The Flight have yet to win a Championship
Grand Rapids Griffins Ice Hockey 1996 American Hockey League Van Andel Arena IHL Joseph Turner Memorial Cup Runner-up: 2000; IHL Fred A. Huber Trophy (regular season champion): 2001
Grand Rapids Rampage Arena Football 1998 Arena Football League Van Andel Arena ArenaBowl XV Champions and best regular season record: 2001

The West Michigan Whitecaps are a Class A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Detroit Tigers, that plays in the Midwest League. ... This article is about the sport. ... The Midwest League is a minor league baseball league which operates in the Midwestern United States. ... Fifth Third Ballpark is a baseball stadium located in Comstock Park, Michigan, just north of Grand Rapids. ... The Grand Rapids Flight are a team in the International Basketball League (2005-) based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... This article is about the sport. ... The International Basketball League is a U.S.-based professional basketball league featuring teams from the West Coast, Rocky Mountains, Western Canada, and the Midwest. ... The Grand Rapids Griffins are a hockey team in the American Hockey League. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The American Hockey League (AHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, that serves as the primary developmental circuit for the National Hockey League (NHL). ... The Van Andel Arena. ... The Fred A. Huber Jr. ... Conference American Division Central Year founded 1998 Home arena Van Andel Arena City, State Grand Rapids, Michigan Head Coach Steve Thonn ArenaBowl championships 1: 2001 Conference titles none Division titles 1: 2001 Wild Card berths 4: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 The Grand Rapids Rampage is an Arena Football League team... Arena football is a sport invented by Jim Foster, a former executive of the United States Football League and the National Football League. ... The Arena Football League (AFL) was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. ... The Van Andel Arena. ...

Transportation

Major highways

Interstates

  • I-96 runs along the northern and northeastern sides of the city, liking with Muskegon to the west and Lansing to the east.
  • I-196, also named the Gerald R. Ford Freeway, runs east-west through the city.
  • I-296, an unsigned route running concurrently with US-131 between I-96 and I-196.
  • I-196 Business Spur or BS I-196

Image File history File links I-96. ... Interstate 96 (abbreviated I-96) is an intrastate Interstate highway that is entirely within the U.S. state of Michigan. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Location in Ingham County, Michigan1 Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Ingham, Eaton Settled 1835 Incorporation 1859 Government  - Type Strong Mayor-Council  - Mayor Virg Bernero (D) Area  - City  35. ... Image File history File links I-196. ... Interstate 196 (abbreviated I-196) is a long freeway spur route in the U.S. state of Michigan linking Grand Rapids, Holland, South Haven, and Benton Harbor. ... I-196 is an eighty mile section of the US Interstate Highway System, connecting I-96 at Grand Rapids, Michigan to I-94 at Benton Harbor, Michigan. ... Image File history File links I-296. ... Interstate 296 (abbreviated I-296) is a 3. ... Interstate 96 (abbreviated I-96) is an intrastate Interstate highway that is entirely within the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Interstate 196 (abbreviated I-196) is a long freeway spur route in the U.S. state of Michigan linking Grand Rapids, Holland, South Haven, and Benton Harbor. ... Image File history File links Business_Loop_196. ... Business Spur I-196 is a highway route that serves the Godfrey Lee Area of Wyoming and into Grand Rapids. ...

U.S. highways

Image File history File links US_131. ... U.S. Highway 131 (US-131) is a north-south United States highway. ... Kalamazoo redirects here. ... Cadillac is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is the county seat of Wexford County. ... Image File history File links Business_plate. ... Image File history File links US_131. ... BUS US 131 is a business route running through downtown Grand Rapids, in the United States. ...

Michigan State Trunklines

  • M-6 (Paul B. Henry Freeway)
  • M-11
  • M-21
  • M-37
  • M-44

  • M-44 Connector
  • M-45
  • M-121

Image File history File links M-6. ... M-6, or Paul B. Henry Freeway, is a 20 mile (32 km) long freeway serving the southern portions of Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Paul Brentwood Henry (July 9, 1942–July 31, 1993) was an evangelical Christian, professor of political science, and politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. ... Image File history File links M-11. ... M-11 M-11 is a state highway in the U.S. state of Michigan in the Grand Rapids metropolitan area. ... Image File history File links M-21. ... M-21 M-21 is an east-west highway in the U.S. state of Michigan connecting the cities of Grand Rapids and Flint. ... Image File history File links M-37. ... M-37 M-37 is a north-south state highway in Michigan. ... Image File history File links M-44. ... M-44 M-44 is a highway in West Michigan that runs northward from the intersection of M-11, 28th street and M-37 toward the Rockford area. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links M-44. ... M-44 M-44 is a highway in West Michigan that runs northward from the intersection of M-11, 28th street and M-37 toward the Rockford area. ... Image File history File links M-45. ... M-45 M-45 is a major American highway in the state of Michigan which was originally part of M-50 until the mid-1960s. ... M-121 was a state highway in Flint that provided access to Bishop International Airport from both of the I-69 and I-75/US 23 freeways. ...

Intercounty Highways

  • A-45

Mass Transit

Bus

Public bus transportation is provided by the Interurban Transit Partnership, which brands itself as The Rapid. Transportation is also provided by the DASH buses: the "Downtown Area Shuttle". These provide transportation to and from the parking lots in the city of Grand Rapids to various designated loading and unloading spots around the city. The Interurban Transit Partnership (ITP), also known as The Rapid, is the public transit provider for the Grand Rapids, Michigan, metropolitan area. ...


Air

Commercial air service to Grand Rapids is provided by Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR). Previously named Kent County International Airport, it holds Grand Rapids' mark in modern history with the United States' first regularly scheduled airline service, beginning July 31, 1926, between Grand Rapids and Detroit. Gerald R. Ford International Airport (IATA: GRR, ICAO: KGRR) is a small commercial airport located a few miles southeast of Grand Rapids, Michigan. ...


Rail

Amtrak provides direct train service to Chicago from the passenger station via the Pere Marquette line. Vermonter at the Brattleboro, Vermont, station, 18 March 2004. ... For other uses, see Chicago (disambiguation). ... Nickname: Location of Grand Rapids within Kent County, Michigan Coordinates: Country United States State Michigan County Kent Founded 1826  - Mayor George Heartwell Area    - City 117. ... Pere Marquette is a passenger train service operated by Amtrak as part of its Michigan Services. ...


Sister cities

Grand Rapids has city partnerships with the following cities: Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm, Germany Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ...

Image File history File links Flag_of_Japan. ... Ōmihachiman (近江八幡市; -shi) is a city located in Shiga, Japan. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Poland. ... Motto: none Voivodship Silesian Municipal government Rada Miejska w Bielsku-Białej Mayor Jacek Krywult Area 125 km² Population  - city  - urban  - density 190 780 - 1526/km² Founded City rights - - Latitude Longitude 49°50 N 19°04 E Area code +48 33 Car plates SB Twin towns Acco, Baia Mare, Besançon, Berdyansk... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... Location of Perugia in Italy Coordinates: , Country Region Province Province of Perugia Government  - Mayor Renato Locchi Area  - City 449 km²  (1,165 sq mi) Elevation 493 m (1,617 ft) Population (July 2006)[1]  - City 161,390  - Density 359/km² (929. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Ghana. ... Ga is a district in Greater Accra Region, Ghana. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Mexico. ... Zapopan is a municipality in the Mexican state Jalisco, and is part of the Guadalajara metropolitan area. ...

Notable current/former residents

For other persons named Gerald Ford, see Gerald Ford (disambiguation). ... Betty Fords official White House portrait, painted in 1977 by Felix de Cossio Elizabeth Anne Bloomer Warren Ford (born April 8, 1918) is the widow of former United States President Gerald R. Ford and was the First Lady from 1974 to 1977. ... Toni Jo Abbenante Farmer from East Grand Rapids, Michigan, was Miss Michigan for 1967, and while not winning the Miss America Pageant that year, Toni Jo was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants. ... The Miss Michigan competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Michigan in the Miss America pageant. ... Gillian Leigh Anderson (born August 9, 1968) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actress, best known for her roles as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully in the American TV series The X-Files and Lady Dedlock in the BBC TV series Bleak House. ... This article is about the TV show. ... Paul Andre Assenmacher (born December 10, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan) is a former left-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for 14 seasons. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. ... MBNA logo, 2004-2006 MBNA Corporation was a bank holding company headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, prior to being acquired by Bank of America in 2005. ... Terry Barr was a wide receiver in the NFL. For his whole career, he played for the Detroit Lions. ... Johnny Benson (born June 27, 1963 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a NASCAR driver. ... Jeff Burton (99), Elliott Sadler (38), Ricky Rudd (21), Dale Jarrett (88), Sterling Marlin (40), Jimmie Johnson (48), and Casey Mears (41) practice for the 2004 Daytona 500 The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... This is an article about the American musician; for the director/writer see Paul Collins. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Ray Bentley is a former NFL and USFL linebacker. ... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ... Ralston Bowles is the author of the songs Fragile recorded by Peter Mulvey and Caroline Aiken and Grace based on the book by author Philip Yancey Whats So Amazing About Grace?, which he wrote upon reading the galley of the book before its publication. ... Jeffrey Brown (born 1975) is a comic book writer and artist born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Roger Chaffee Roger Bruce Chaffee (February 15, 1935 - January 27, 1967) was a U.S. Navy pilot who became an American astronaut in the Apollo program. ... Italics indicate parameters for the planned mission canceled following the Jan 27 fire. ... DeBarge was an American soul music, and funk group. ... Richard DeVos, Sr. ... Headquarters in Ada, Michigan Amway is a multi-level marketing, or network marketing, company founded in 1959 by Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos. ... The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. ... NBA redirects here. ... Vernon James Ehlers (born February 6, 1934), American politician, is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives since 1993, representing the 3rd District of Michigan. ... Katie Feenstra Katharen Ruth Feenstra (born November 17, 1982 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a professional basketball player for the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA). ... WNBA may also refer to WNBA-AM, a radio station in Illinois. ... The Detroit Shock is a Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA) team based in Detroit, Michigan. ... Julius Franks is a former All American guard who played football at the University of Michigan from 1941-1942. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... -1... An All-America team is a sports team composed of star players. ... Arnold Gingrich (1903-1976), born in Grand Rapids, MI, founded Esquire (magazine) with David Smart (a Chicago publisher) in 1933. ... Esquire is a magazine for men owned by the Hearst Corporation. ... This article is about the singer. ... Headline text John A. Hannah is a former President of Michigan State University. ... 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Josh Kalis (born April 27, 1976 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a professional street skateboarder. ... Christopher Zane Kaman (born April 28, 1982, in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player for the NBAs Los Angeles Clippers. ... Maynard James Keenan (born James Herbert Keenan on April 17, 1964) is an American rock singer, songwriter, musician, and producer. ... A Perfect Circle (often referred to as APC) is an alternative rock supergroup formed by guitarist Billy Howerdel. ... Puscifer (pronounced [1]) is a side project of Maynard James Keenan from the bands Tool and A Perfect Circle. ... Stanislaus Kiecal, (September 14, 1886–October 15, 1910), better known in the boxing world as Stanley Ketchel was an American boxer who became world middleweight champion. ... Anthony Kiedis (b. ... The Red Hot Chili Peppers are a Grammy-award winning American alternative rock band formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1983. ... 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Wally Pipp Walter Clement Pipp (February 17, 1893 - January 11, 1965) was an American first baseman in Major League Baseball, now best remembered as the man who lost his starting role to Lou Gehrig at the beginning of Gehrigs streak of 2,130 consecutive games. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... Henry Louis Lou Gehrig (June 19, 1903 â€“ June 2, 1941), born Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig[2], was an American baseball player in the 1920s and 1930s, who set several Major League records and was popularly called the The Iron Horse[2] for his durability. ... This article is about building architecture. ... Paul Andrew Andy Richter (born October 28, 1966) is an American comedian and actor. ... David Scott Rozema (born August 5, 1956, in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is a former Major League Baseball starting pitcher. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 2, 5, 6, 16, 23, 42, Cobb Name Detroit Tigers (1901–present) Other nicknames The Bengals, The Tigs, Motor City Kitties Ballpark Comerica Park (2000–present) Tiger Stadium (1912-1999) Briggs Stadium (1938-1960) Navin... Marvin Sapp is the pastor of Lighthouse Full Life Center Church, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Paul Joseph Schrader (born July 22, 1946 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American screenwriter and film director. ... L. William Seidman is an American economist and financial commentator. ... For Dell Shannon, the pen name of a police procedural novelist, see Elizabeth Linington. ... William Alden Smith (May 12, 1859 – October 11, 1932) was a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan. ... Still Remains is also a song from the 1994 Stone Temple Pilots album, Purple. ... Melvin Ernest Trotter (May 16, 1870–September 11, 1940) was a former alcoholic who founded and directed the Grand Rapids, Michigan City Rescue Mission for more than forty years and became a leader in American fundamentalism during the first four decades of the twentieth century. ... Tony Craig TNT Tucker (born December 27, 1958) was a professional Heavyweight boxer during the 1980s and some of the 1990s. ... Edwin Fuller Uhl (August 14, 1841–May 17, 1901) was a prominent Michigan lawyer and politician. ... Assistant Secretary of State is a title used for many executive positions in the United States State Department. ... Chris Van Allsburg (born June 18, 1949 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American author and illustrator of childrens books. ... The Polar Express is a 1985 childrens book, which was later made into a movie that was released on November 12, 2004. ... Zathura is an illustrated book by Chris Van Allsburg as well as a film based on the book. ... This article is about the book Jumanji. ... Jay Van Andel, (b. ... Headquarters in Ada, Michigan Amway is a multi-level marketing, or network marketing, company founded in 1959 by Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos. ... Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg (March 22, 1884–April 18, 1951) was a Republican Senator from the state of Michigan who participated in the creation of the United Nations. ... Whirlwind Heat are a three-piece band from the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. ... Roger Wilkins (born 1932) is an American civil rights leader, professor of history, and journalist. ... George Mason University, also known as GMU or simply Mason, is a large public university in the United States. ... Jason Wood is the current lead singer of Metalcore band, It Dies Today. ... It Dies Today (formed in September, 2001) is a Metalcore band based in Buffalo, New York. ... Dick York (September 4, 1928 – February 20, 1992) was an American actor in radio, Broadway stage, and television. ... Kim Zimmer (born February 2, 1955 in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American actress. ... Guiding Light (known as The Guiding Light prior to 1975, GL) is an American television program credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the longest-running soap opera in production and the longest running drama in television history. ...

References

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  2. ^ US Board on Geographic Names. United States Geological Survey (2007-10-25). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ July 1, 2006 est. by Census Bureau
  4. ^ Find a County. National Association of Counties. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Wind and Hydropower Technologies Program: History of Hydropower. U.S. Department of Energy (September 9, 2005).
  6. ^ Grand Rapids QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau. U.S. Census Bureau.
  7. ^ Sligh Furniture Company. History of Sligh Furniture Company. Retrieved on August 2, 2007.
  8. ^ Furniture Manufacturers Association. History of FMA,. Retrieved on August 2, 2007.
  9. ^ Kindel Furniture. Kindel Furniture. Retrieved on August 2, 2007.
  10. ^ Hekman/Woodmark Furniture Company. Hekman/Woodmark Furniture Company. Retrieved on August 2, 2007.
  11. ^ sister city. Retrieved on January 16, 2008.

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