loading background

Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

View from E. Bridge St. Hill

View from E. Bridge St. Hill

1870 ca

This early photograph shows, in the left upper center, two of the islands in the Grand River. Just below the islands the outline of Prospect Hill, covered with homes, can be seen. The large multi-storied building in the center of the photo is the Nelson, Matter Furniture Factory. Behind the steeple of the German Evangelical Lutheran Church, in the right foreground, is the Pearl St. covered bridge. At the far right is the North Division St. School with scaffolding around the bell tower. The future Butterworth Hospital will be located just east of the sand pile at the left of East Bridge St. which became Michigan Ave in 1912.


Full Details

TitleView from E. Bridge St. Hill
Date1870 ca

Title by cataloger.
The date of the photo is determined by the construction of the N. Division St. School in 1865; by the lack of the transept on the Lutheran Church which was added in 1872; and that the Nelson, Matter factory was built in 1868.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids, MI
CollectionColl. #33,, History & Special Collections Dept., Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library

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

InstitutionGrand Rapids Public Library
Physical Storage LocationGrand Rapids, MI

Like Us on Facebook
site by GRCMC