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Hidden History of Grand Rapids

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More than two centuries of overlooked history flow through Grand Rapids like the river for which it is named. The first city surveyor dabbled in séances while platting out neighborhoods and streets. When a river dredging project left a mountain of stone tormenting residents, the ordeal pitted them against city leaders. Humane society agents uncovered horrendous conditions at the city pound and successfully brought about reform and much better conditions for the animals. Grand Rapids native and city archivist Matthew A. Ellis delves into the layout of streets, the manufacture of materials used to build the city, local food trends and more.

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