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An Historic Tour of Kent County collection

Identifier: Collection 223

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is the photographs used to create Historic Tour. They show the various sites that are located in the cities and townships of Kent County. There are also photographs that were not used in the book and are unidentified.


  • 1975


Biographical / Historical

Historic Tour was produced by the Kent County Library Staff for the 200th Anniversary of the American Revolution. The purpose of the book was to call attention to the early settlers who founded the territory of Kent County. The staff contacted each local historical group of the Kent County region in order to composite information for the book. If no group was found, they asked a local librarian or township clerk who he/she felt was important to that area. The material was then edited to fit publication.


0.21 Linear Feet (One box)

Language of Materials



This collection contains the Kent County Library’s book entitled “An Historic Tour of Kent County,” plus original photographs of various sites of the cities and townships of Kent County that were used to make the book. The book gives brief background information on the cities and townships represented in the book with pictures of various historic sites located in that area. It also gives a brief background history of the founding of Kent County. The book was published for the Bicentennial of the American Revolution on July 4, 1975.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Kent District Library, accession number 1998.040 (photos)

Photo List

This is a list of the photographs shows in the published book. An asterisk(*) is used to indicate those photographs, used in the book, that are present in this collection. Images without the asterisk are printed in the published book only.

Kent County (2) -Rix Robinson Marker* -Fulton Street Park*

Ada Township (2) -The Coach Stop* -Old Covered Bridge*

Algoma Township (2) -Turner Home* -The River Boat*

Alpine Township (2) -Wright Home* -Red Brick Inn*

Bowne Township (3) -Bowne Center Methodist Church* -Bowne Mennonite Church*

Byron Township (2) -Byron Township Hall* -Methodist Episcopal Church*

Caledonia Township -The General Store* -Kinsey Home

Cannon Township -Imperial Mills* -Millside Settlement*

Cascade Township -Holt House* -Whitney Tavern

City of Cedar Springs -Cedar Springs Museum -Red Flannel Factory*

City of East Grand Rapids -Gerald Ford, Sr. Home -Gerald Ford, Jr. Home -Big Spring Lake* -Blake House

Courtland Township -Courtland Grange* -Rounds School House*

Grattan Township -The Refuge* -Cutler Home*

City of Grand Rapids -Women’s City Club -6th Street Bridge* -St. Mark’s Church -Calkins Law Office -Voigt House* -Pike House -The Arcade*

Grand Rapids Township -Pleune House* -Mason Cemetery*

City of Grandville -No photos were given in the book

Gaines Township -St. Patrick’s Church*

City of Kentwood -Octagonal House -Bowen House*

City of Lowell -Lowell Library Building* -Chief Cobmoosa’s House

Lowell Township -Madame La Framboise Marker* -Avery Property*

Nelson and Solon Townships -Nelson Township Offices* -Grange Hall*

Oakfield Township -Podunk Mill* -Wabasis Lake*

Plainfield Township -Smith House -Hyser House*

City of Rockford -Old Mill -The Rockford Pioneer Cemetery*

Sparta Township -Englishville Manor -Blackall Home*

Spencer Township -Sheriff’s Honor Camp* -Lincoln Lake*

Tyrone Township -Lodge -Leusenkamp House

Vergennes Township -Covered Bridge* -Fairfield House*

City of Walker -Interurban Station -Indian Mill Creek*

City of Wyoming -Rogers Homestead -Picric Acid Plant*

Finding aid for the An Historic Tour of Kent County collection
Library Historic Tour by Kent County Library Staff
Cynthia A. Romanowski
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Rapids History Center Repository

Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids Michigan 49503 USA