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Grand Rapids in Wood County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Grand Rapids

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, April 20, 2011
1. Grand Rapids Marker
Inscription. This site, at the head of the Great Rapids of the Maumee, has been a major river crossing for centuries. The village was platted in 1833 as Gilead but was overshadowed by rival Providence during the canal era. In 1868 the name Grand Rapids was adopted, and the town prospered with the arrival of the railroad in 1877. Fires ravished the village in the late 1890s and spring floods have remained a threat. Restoration of the Victorian architecture began in 1975 and has helped revitalize this village along the historic Maumee.
 
Erected 1983 by Grand Rapids Historical Society and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 6-87.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 41° 24.794′ N, 83° 51.835′ W. Marker is in Grand Rapids, Ohio, in Wood County. Marker is at the intersection of Front Street and Wapakoneta Road, on the right when traveling south on Front Street. Click for map. This historical marker is located on the eastern edge of the downtown business district. To the north of the marker is the Maumee River, to the east of the marker is a set of railroad tracks, and to the south of the marker is the
Grand Rapids Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 20, 2011
2. Grand Rapids Marker
View looking northeast at the historical marker next to the Grand Rapids Visitor Center. The Maumee River is in the background to the left of the picture and the Railroad Bridge is in the background to the right.
Howard Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Grand Rapids OH 43522, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Howard Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Dominick Labino (approx. 0.2 miles away); Miami & Erie Canal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Providence Historical District (approx. 0.6 miles away); James Durbin (approx. 4.3 miles away); Oak Tree (approx. 5.4 miles away); Wood County's First Masonic Lodge (approx. 6.3 miles away); Custer Homestead (approx. 6.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grand Rapids.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Grand Rapids Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, April 20, 2011
3. Grand Rapids Marker
View looking northwest of the historical marker at it's location next to the Grand Rapids Visitor Center. In the background behind both the Visitor Center and the historical marker is the Maumee River.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 388 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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