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Ancient burial mounds lined the river, known to the native people as the Owashtanong. The first white settlement was built in 1832, and the fur-trading post at the bend in the river, then known as Oakestown, was settled before the city of Grand Rapids with the expectation that Oakestown would be one of the area's larger cities. Plaster mining prospered throughout the area until an accident filled the White Plaster Mill with water, creating the present-day Big Spring Lake. Eventually, farming, lumbering, and a small oil industry replaced plaster mining as the local source of commerce. It was a destination site for shopping, restaurants, and saloons until floods engulfed the city in 1904, forcing an inland relocation.
ISBN: 9780738584065
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Michigan
Series: Images of America
Images: 206
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
More than 75 years after its incorporation, the city of Grandville has grown in prosperity while retaining a small-town charm. Modern citizens of Grandville enjoy a rich local heritage, including the historic No. 10 Schoolhouse where the Grandville Historical Commission still hosts classes. Community celebrations dating back to the 19th century are held in the tidy streets and green parks. Images of America: Grandville contains photographic images donated by members of the community and curated by the Grandville Historical Commission that celebrate the American dream as lived out on the banks of the Grand River.