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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Bridge St. Bridge Looking East

Bridge St. Bridge Looking East

Jack Ropoleski - 1979

The concrete arched supports for the bridge have been completed connecting Bridge St. on the west side of the Grand River with Michigan St. on the east side. The smaller building at the far left is the Post Office and just beyond is the Olds Manor, the former Rowe Hotel. The low white building, surrounded by conifers, to the right of the bridge is the former Grand Rapids Police Station. Other city, county, state, and federal buildings as well as a bank complete the architectural landscape.


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TitleBridge St. Bridge Looking East
CreatorJack Ropoleski

Title from image. The Bridge St. Bridge, the first for vehicles across the Grand River, was a timber and plank construction on a stone foundation built in 1845. A second bridge was built in 1852 but burned six years later when a new bridge was constructed. A wrought iron bridge was built in 1884, replaced in 1906 by a concrete bridge and lasted until 1979.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids, MI
CollectionJack Ropoleski

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