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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Monroe Ave. at Division Ave., 1896

Monroe Ave. at Division Ave., 1896


This view looks west down Monroe Ave., which has been paved with bricks, toward the Pantlind Hotel. Just right of center the arc style street light hanging over the intersection can be clearly seen, and there are tall slim iron light poles on the corners that also support arc lights. There are three trolley cars on Monroe, and car 232 carries a sign on the front that reads, "Take This Car to the Michigan State Fair Grounds." Many sign adorn the buildings and several advertise dentists and doctors. Two men in the foreground ride bicycles, and various carts can be seen, but the horses are not visible.


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TitleMonroe Ave. at Division Ave., 1896
Current AddressMonroe and Division Ave.

Title by cataloger. The arc lights in the photo are referred to in the "Lighting City Streets" photo essay.

CollectionGrand Rapids Illustrated Coll., #91, Grand Rapids History & Special Collections

Reproduction and copyright information regarding this image is available from Grand Rapids History & Special Collections, Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI

Locationlocation on map

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