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Grand Haven in Ottawa County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Grand Haven

 
 
Grand Haven Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2015
1. Grand Haven Marker
west side of two sided marker
Inscription. This town began as a trading post established by Rix Robinson in the 1820s. Robinson, an agent for the American Fur Company, used this as one of his leading western Michigan posts. The Reverend William M. Ferry came here in 1834 from Mackinac to work with Robinson in developing a town. The Grand Haven Company was formed, and lots were platted and sold. By 1837 the town had more than two hundred inhabitants. A heavy influx of settlers in the 1840s caused the decline of the fur trade. Lumbering soon became the leading activity, and by the 1870s there were several saw mills, a shingle mill, and a sash and door factory in the community of 6,000. Grand Haven became a popular health resort in the late 1800s, famous for its Magnetic Mineral Spring.
 
Erected 1968 by Michigan Historical Commission. (Marker Number S0289.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 4.377′ N, 86° 13.075′ W. Marker is in Grand Haven, Michigan, in Ottawa County. Marker is on Harbor Island Drive, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located in Rix Robinson Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4 Harbor Island Drive, Grand Haven MI 49417, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Grand Haven Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2015
2. Grand Haven Marker
East side of two sided marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grand Trunk Western, Wood Caboose No. 77915 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Pere Marquette Caboose No. A-986 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Grand Trunk Western Standard Coaling Tower (approx. 0.7 miles away); Pere Marquette Auto Box Car No 72222 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Pere Marquette Steam Locomotive No. 1223 Class N-1, 2-8-4 Berkshire Type (approx. 0.7 miles away); Grand Trunk Western Bridge Approach Signal (approx. 0.7 miles away); Aloys Bilz House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Central School (approx. 0.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Grand Haven.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Grand Haven Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, September 12, 2015
3. Grand Haven Marker
Marker along bike path in Rix Robinson Park.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 154 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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