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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Kent County Steam Distribution System

Kent County Steam Distribution System

Kent County Dept. of Public Works - 1986

The detailed map shows the extent of the steam distribution system in downtown Grand Rapids. It serves buildings as far north as Michigan St., east to Jefferson Ave., south to Cherry St., and west to Campau Ave. except for the line that crosses the Grand River at the Blue Bridge to service the Grand Rapids Public Museum and Grand Valley State University's downtown campus. The red dotted line that follows Market Ave. and is labeled 'Transmission line from WTE' is no longer in use. The District Heating and Cooling Operation (DHCO) plant at the corner of E. Fulton and Market is marked in yellow. The high-pressure lines are indicated in yellow and the low-pressure lines in red. The Grand River, in bright blue, runs north to south. I-196 and US-131 are indicated on the map.


Full Details

TitleKent County Steam Distribution System
CreatorKent County Dept. of Public Works
FormatDigital map

Title from document. WTE (Waste to Energy) transmission line ran out Market to the Waste Treatment plant where refuse was burned to create steam, which was transmitted through the pipeline to supplement the Fulton St. heating plant during the winter months.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids, MI
CollectionKent County Dept. of Public Works

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