Grand River Avenue (Images of America)

By Gail Offen

Grand River road, or Michigan US-16 because it was once finally precise, is considered one of Michigans real Blue Highwaysan unique two-lane, blacktop highway nonetheless serving as an immediate direction via roadside the USA. initially a local American path, this old direction has been a westbound path from the Straits of Detroit to the jap seashores of Lake Michigan for greater than 1,000 years. over the years, it has served as a footpath, horse path, wagon rut, stagecoach course, plank highway, and eventually a two-lane street that gave a few of Americas earliest motorists their first style of long-distance motor vehicle go back and forth.

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This advert is from 1964. The theater closed in 1989, although the blue neon marquee with waves will be noticeable from Interstate ninety six much longer. fifty seven Word of Mouth. a visit to the dentist turns into something of attractiveness at Oaken changes. half sculpture park, half poetry heart, it's a peaceable position in the back of the dental workplace of Dr. Frederick Bonine. On weekdays year-round, you can walk the half-mile wooded nature path and revel in local vegetation and flora and fauna, as well as open air sculpture and juried poetry installations.

123 Light on the finish of the path. US sixteen (Grand River) leads to Muskegon, the place it enters city from the southeast and unceremoniously merges with Peck highway. however the statewide trip formally ends simply east of Muskegon’s South Pierhead Lighthouse, visible the following. the present mild dates from 1903 and is an lively gentle, now not open to the general public. yet its outdated pink tower nonetheless provides picturesque profiles for a few of Michigan’s maximum sunsets. directly to Milwaukee. during this 1950 photo, the automobile ferry urban of Milwaukee leaves Muskegon destined for Milwaukee, 87 miles away.

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Gail Offen, 2014 eight One The River, the path, and US road sixteen 3 of a sort. In Michigan, there are 3 major entities going via the identify of Grand River—a river, an historical path, and US road sixteen. As indicated by way of the canopy of this 1926 Rand McNally legitimate car street Map of Michigan, the histories of those 3 entities are inextricably associated, weaving jointly a story that mixes ordinary waterways, local American trails, and the various social and geographic alterations caused via the car undefined.

Later, it was once generally renovated and break up into theaters. fortunately, it saved the good popcorn. notwithstanding it truly is presently closed, possibly a person will flip the lighting fixtures again on within the close to destiny. The Midget. Named for its measurement, no longer its customers, the Midget Sandwich store continues to be craved by means of chili and olive burger enthusiasts. well-known for freshly grinding its hamburgers, in addition to “Quick, Courteous Service,” it was once a 24-hour mecca for everybody from young ones to truck drivers. humans even snuck burgers into the Howell Theater round the corner, till the regular scent gave them away.

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