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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

History Grand Rapids by the Grand Rapids Historical Commission


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Fire and Police Dept. Collection

Prior to 1856 there were no patrolmen or watchmen in the city. Under the revised charter of 1857 the Common Council had the power to appoint a police constable and one watchman for each ward.

Three fire companies were partly organized as early as 1844, but they were only temporary. Two volunteer fire companies were organzied in the fall of 1849 and a third in January of 1850. As they say, the rest is history.

Police Headquarters

Police Headquarters

1900 (ca)

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Two Motorcycle Policemen

Two Motorcycle Policemen

1911 ca

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Engine House No. 11

Engine House No. 11

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Engine House #7

Engine House #7

1973

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The Fire Bell

The Fire Bell

November 17th, 2010

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Chemical Engine No. 3

Chemical Engine No. 3

1911-1914

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Booked and Fingerprinted at the Grand Rapids Jail

Booked and Fingerprinted at the Grand Rapids Jail

January 28th, 2008

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