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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

View from Reservoir Hill (1)

View from Reservoir Hill (1)

Schuyler C. Baldwin - 1870s

The view looks southwest from Reservoir Hill toward the downtown area and the Grand River. In the upper right corner is the Bridge St. Bridge, and in the upper left corner the Pearl St. Bridge. Beyond that is the former railroad bridge now known as the Blue Bridge. The area in the foreground is the base of Reservoir Hill. Ionia St. runs below the nearest row of houses, and they were probably located between Newberry and Mason.


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TitleView from Reservoir Hill (1)
CreatorSchuyler C. Baldwin

Title by cataloger.
On September 2, 1880, the reservoir broke and 4,000,000 gallons of water descended the hill and destroyed the area in the foreground of this photograph, Ionia, Ottawa, and Mason Streets. The photo in Related Items at the right shows the same area after if was rebuilt. From a collection of photographs depicting Grand Rapids around 1872, previously owned by Charles E. Belknap, author of "The Yesterdays of Grand Rapids" and longtime resident of the city.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids
CollectionThomas R. Dilley

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