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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Eagle Hotel

Eagle Hotel

Schuyler C. Baldwin - 1884 ca.

A crowd of men in suits and hats stand in front of the four story brick Eagle Hotel. Another man stands at the corner stairs leading to the basement level, perhaps where the baths advertised at the corner of the boardwalk are located. The railing at the Louis St. side protects walkers from the basement area where windows allow light into the lower level rooms. A stagecoach and horses, the Omnibus Line, await passengers at the front entrance. An early electrical streetlight is suspended above the intersection, a little above center right of the photo.


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TitleEagle Hotel
CreatorSchuyler C. Baldwin
Date1884 ca.

Title from photograph.
The wooden Eagle Hotel, built in 1834, burned to the ground in February of 1883; by November of the same year the new brick-block Eagle was ready to serve for another fifty years.
From a collection of photographs depicting early Grand Rapids, previously owned by Charles E. Belknap, author of "The Yesterdays of Grand Rapids" and longtime resident of the city.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids, MI
CollectionThomas R. Dilley

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