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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Lafayette Looking Toward Newberry St.

Lafayette Looking Toward Newberry St.


This view looks west toward Lafayette NE and the Grand Trunk RR tracks near the center of the photo. It continues up Newberry St., which has been washed out by the flood from the burst reservoir at the top of the hill. People stand along Lafayette and the railroad tracks looking at the damage. In the lower right a few people with unbrellas observe the crowds.


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TitleLafayette Looking Toward Newberry St.
FormatCyanotype Photograph

The reservoir burst on July 2, 1900 and 6,000,000 gallons of water created a flood thirty feet wide and ten feet deep. It demolish homes, tore up Newberry St., as well as the railraod tracks at the bottom of the hill.

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids MI
CollectionColl. #87-1-5, History & Special Collections Dept.

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 Public Library, Main Branch

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