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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo Stagecoach

Grand Rapids to Kalamazoo Stagecoach


In the background is the Plainwell Halfway House on the Kalamazoo Plank Road. Four horses pull the stagecoach loaded with passengers, those on top of the coach in Civil War uniforms. Note 'Kalamazoo' printed above the door of the coach, and the larger wheels at the rear. The coach is the type known as the Concord coach.


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TitleGrand Rapids to Kalamazoo Stagecoach

Title by cataloger. The Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo Plank Road, completed in 1855, operated for thirteen years, and on some days there were as many as eight coaches traveling each way. The railroad was responsible for its demise.

Location In PhotoPlainwell MI
CollectionColl. #33-10-24, Neg.# 1896, History & Special Collections Dept., Archives

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

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