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Grand Rapids in 1856

Scene of early Grand Rapids viewed from the...

Centennial Arch, View from Canal St.

Centennial Arch, View from Canal St.


This photograph shows a clearer image of the Canal St. view of the arch, looking southeast, than the photo of the Monroe Ave. view. The streets are relatively empty and the shadows indicate early morning. Buildings on the right of the photo are draped in Centennial decorations as well as those on the left where Pearl St. intersects with Canal and Monroe. To provide perspective for the size of the arch, the painting of George Washington on his horse, hung beneath the main arch, was 10 X 14 feet. At the right is a good view of the boardwalk and the trolley tracks are visible, especially where they curve under the arch.


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TitleCentennial Arch, View from Canal St.

Title by cataloger. For more information on the mottoes, visuals, and their creators, on both sides of the Centennial Arch, see the article, "Detailed Description of the Centennial Arch."

Location In PhotoGrand Rapids, MI
CollectionGodfrey Anderson Photograph Coll., #33-11-35, 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. The 'Horribles' were also part of the July 4, 1876 Centennial Celebration, and more can be learned about them in the Photo Essay about the Centennial Celebration.

InstitutionGrand Rapids Public Library
Physical Storage LocationGrand Rapids, MI

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