Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan and the largest city in West Michigan.wikipedia
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Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan and the largest city in West Michigan.

Grand Rapids metropolitan area

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In 2010, the Grand Rapids metropolitan area had a population of 1,005,648, and the combined statistical area of Grand Rapids-Muskegon-Holland had a population of 1,321,557.
The Grand Rapids metropolitan area is a triangular shaped Metro Triplex, in West Michigan, which fans out westward from the primary hub city of Grand Rapids, Michigan to the other two metro hubs of Muskegon and Holland.

West Michigan

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Grand Rapids is the second-largest city in Michigan and the largest city in West Michigan. In 1806, Joseph and his wife Madeline La Framboise, who was Métis, traveled by canoe from Mackinac and established the first trading post in West Michigan in present-day Grand Rapids on the banks of the Grand River, near what is now Ada Township.
In general, "West Michigan" often refers to the area bounded by the cities of Muskegon (in the north), Grand Rapids (in the northeast), Kalamazoo-Battle Creek (in the southeast) and St.Joseph-Benton Harbor (in the southwest).

Gerald Ford

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Grand Rapids is the childhood home of U.S. President Gerald Ford, who is buried with his wife Betty on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in the city.
Born in Omaha, Nebraska, and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Ford attended the University of Michigan and Yale Law School.

Kent County, Michigan

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Grand Rapids is the county seat of Kent County.
Its county seat is Grand Rapids.

Gerald R. Ford International Airport

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The city's main airport and one of its freeways are also named after him.
Gerald R. Ford International Airport is a commercial airport in Cascade Township approximately 13 mi southeast of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Ada Township, Michigan

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In 1806, Joseph and his wife Madeline La Framboise, who was Métis, traveled by canoe from Mackinac and established the first trading post in West Michigan in present-day Grand Rapids on the banks of the Grand River, near what is now Ada Township.
Starting with a fur trading post of the late 18th century, the township in the late 20th century developed residential and retail areas during suburbanization around Grand Rapids.

Louis Campau

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Shortly after, Detroit-born Louis Campau, known as the official founder of Grand Rapids, was convinced by fur trader William Brewster, who was in a rivalry with the American Fur Company, to travel to Grand Rapids and establish trade there.
Louis Campau (August 11, 1791 – April 13, 1871), also spelled Louis Campeau, was an important figure in the early settlement of Saginaw and Grand Rapids - two important Michigan cities in which he had established trading posts.

Lucius Lyon

Lucius Lyon, a Yankee Protestant who would later become a rival to Campau arrived in Grand Rapids who purchased the rest of the prime land and called his plot the Village of Kent.
Along with Louis Campau, Lucius Lyon is remembered as one of the founding fathers of Grand Rapids, Michigan, the state's second-largest city.

Betty Ford

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Grand Rapids is the childhood home of U.S. President Gerald Ford, who is buried with his wife Betty on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in the city.
1971) and William Jr. After the family lived briefly in Denver, Colorado, she grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she graduated from Central High School.

McKay Tower

In the spring of 1833, Campau sold Joel Guild, who traveled from New York, a plot of land for $25.00, with Guild building the first frame structure in Grand Rapids, which is now where McKay Tower stands.
McKay Tower is an office building in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, located on Monroe Center.

Wyoming, Michigan

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The Alabastine Mine in nearby Wyoming, Michigan, was originally dug in 1907 to provide gypsum for the manufacture of stucco and wall coverings, notably the alabastine favored by Arts and Crafts Movement architects.
As of the 2010 census, the city has a total population of 72,125, which makes it the 3rd largest community or city in West Michigan, the 14th largest city in the state of Michigan, and the 18th largest community in the state as well as the largest suburb of Grand Rapids.

Grand River (Michigan)

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It is on the Grand River about 30 mi east of Lake Michigan.
The river runs through the cities of Jackson, Eaton Rapids, Lansing, Grand Ledge, Portland, Ionia, Lowell, Grand Rapids, and Grand Haven.

Isaac McCoy

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The first permanent European-American settler in the Grand Rapids area was Isaac McCoy, a Baptist minister.
He also played an instrumental role in the founding of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Kansas City, Missouri.

Grandville, Michigan

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Lincoln purchased land in what is now known as Grandville, while Campau became perhaps the most important settler when he bought 72 acres (291,000 m²) from the federal government for $90 and named his tract Grand Rapids.
Grandville is one of the oldest suburbs of Grand Rapids, and was incorporated as a city in 1933.

Calvin University

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The Calvin Ecosystem Preserve and Native Gardens, operated by Calvin College on the city's southeast side, is 104 acre.
Calvin University, formerly Calvin College, is a private Christian liberal arts university in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Widdicomb Furniture Company

Furniture companies included the William A. Berkey Company and its successors, Baker Furniture Company, Williams-Kimp, and Widdicomb Furniture Company.
The company was founded in 1858 when George Widdicomb started a cabinet shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Grand Rapids Public Schools

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The nature center is also home to Blandford School, a highly selective environmental education program for sixth graders from the metropolitan region, which is run by Grand Rapids Public Schools and serves as a feeder school for City High-Middle School.
The Grand Rapids Public Schools is a public school district serving Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Lansing, Michigan

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The state capital of Lansing lies about 60 mi to the east-by-southeast, and Kalamazoo is about 50 mi to the south.
Snowfall, which normally occurs from November to April, averages 51.1 in per season, significantly less than areas to the west such as Grand Rapids as Lansing is relatively immune to lake-effect snows; seasonal snowfall has historically ranged from 16.6 in in 1863−64 to 97.2 in in 1880−81.

City High-Middle School

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The nature center is also home to Blandford School, a highly selective environmental education program for sixth graders from the metropolitan region, which is run by Grand Rapids Public Schools and serves as a feeder school for City High-Middle School.
City High Middle School is a secondary school operated by the Grand Rapids Public Schools for academically talented students in the greater Grand Rapids, Michigan area.

Steketee's

Downtown Grand Rapids, when the center of business, used to host four department stores: Herpolsheimer's (Lazarus in 1987), Jacobson's, Steketee's (founded in 1862), and Wurzburg's.
Steketee's was a department store based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States.

Arthur Vandenberg

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During the first weekend in June, several blocks of downtown surrounding the Calder stabile in Vandenberg Plaza are closed to traffic.
Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan in a family of Dutch Americans, Vandenberg began his career as a newspaper editor and publisher.

ArtPrize

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The first ArtPrize, the world's largest art competition determined by public voting, took place in Grand Rapids from September 23 through October 10, 2009.
ArtPrize is an art competition and festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

John Ball Zoological Garden

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Grand Rapids is the home of John Ball Zoological Garden, Belknap Hill, and the Gerald R. Ford Museum.
John Ball Zoological Garden is an urban park located on the west side of the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States.

Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

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The city skyline shows the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, formerly the Pantlind, which reopened in 1981 after extensive renovations by Marvin DeWinter & Associates.
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and is named after Amway Corporation, which is based in nearby Ada Township.