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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Monroe Ave. at Division Ave., 1888
Before: Monroe Ave. at Division Ave., 1888
Monroe and Division, 2009 (1)
After: Monroe and Division, 2009 (1)

Corner of Monroe and Division, Then and Now (1)

This 1888 view shows the Peck Building at the NW corner and one at the far right that still exist with changes that are mostly cosmetic. Awnings, an early form of air-conditioning, were used on most buildings to keep them cool during the heat of the day. Note the new telephone pole being installed just to the right of the intersection, and the early streetlight that hangs in the center of the intersection.


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