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montage pics of Grand RapidsABOUT GRAND RAPIDS
Grand Rapids is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located on the Grand River about 25 miles east of Lake Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 188,040. 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. Grand Rapids is the county seat of Kent County, Michigan, second largest city in Michigan (after Detroit), and the largest city in West Michigan. A historic furniture-manufacturing center, Grand Rapids is still home to five of the world’s leading office furniture companies, and is nicknamed “Furniture City”. Its more common modern nickname of “River City” refers to the landmark river for which it was named. The city and surrounding communities are economically diverse, and contribute heavily to the health care, information technology, automotive, aviation, and consumer goods manufacturing industries, among others. Grand Rapids was the home of The First Family of U.S, Boxing: Floyd Sr., Jr., Jeff, and Roger Mayweather, World Championship Boxer James Toney, singer and song writer Anthony Kiedis, the filmmakers Paul Schrader and Leonard Schrader, the singer Al Green and U.S. President Gerald Ford, who—along with his wife Betty—is buried on the grounds of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. READ MORE

Since the days of the Mound Builders over 2,000 years ago, people have found the area around the rapids of the Grand River to be a pleasant place to live. Each summer the Mound Builders gathered on the rich flood plain along the west bank of the rapids to plant crops, fish, hunt, and construct large earthen burial complexes for their honored dead. In more recent times, native people known collectively as the Three Fires–the Ottawa, Ojibwa (Chippewa) and Potawatomi–made West Michigan their home. Two hundred years ago, Ottawa villages stood on the river’s west bank, at each end of the rapids. Depending for their subsistence on hunting and fishing, supplemented by a small amount of farming, the Ottawa too, found the rapids of Grand River, which they called Owashtanong, an ideal place to live . . . Read More

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Main Library
111 Library Street NE | 49503
M-Th 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
F-Sat 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Closed Monday, May 26

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Grand Rapids Christian Schools
1508 Alexander Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Phone: 616.574.6000
Fax: 616.574.6010

Grand Rapids Public Schools
1331 Franklin SE
P.O. Box 117
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0117
Fax: 616.819.2104

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