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Don's Radio & T.V. and Lutzke's Pianos and Organs were once located on the west side Michigan Avenue, across from City Hall, where we now have a shopping center parking lot.
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This is the west side of Mic…
This plaque marks
the first permanent site of
Ferris State College
Woodbridge N. Ferris
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This building was built on this location in 1886. It became Citizens State Bank in 1901. The Big Rapids Pioneer was housed in the basement of the bank with an entryway on Maple Street.
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The Fairman and Newton Block replaced the Mason House after an act of arson burned down the wooden frame hotel in 1879. Ferdinand Fairman located his banking business in the basement of his brick building, while the upper stories were reserved for…
As a child in 1859, suffragist Anna Howard Shaw (1847-1919) moved with her family from Massachusetts to Mecosta County. Her father soon returned east with two of his sons, leaving behind his wife and four younger children to endure extreme…
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"Uncle Ray" sent this postcard of Michigan Ave. to his nephew David Erickson in 1947. Judson's Hardware opened in 1903.
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This photo was taken in front of the Nisbett building on the southeast corner …
Banker Ferdinand Fairman (1833-1902) built this structure in 1880-81. The upper floors housed offices, and the basement and first floor offered a variety of commercial businesses, including a combined tobacco store—billiard hall and Fairman'…
Daniel F. Comstock (1831-1903), a lumberman and president of Mecosta County Savings Bank, began erecting this building in 1885 to house stores, a hotel, and the bank. When the bank failed in 1896, Comstock lost all of his assets, including the unf…
Big Rapids became the county seat in 1859 and incorporated as a city in 1869. This building, antedated by two other jails, served as the county jail and sheriff's residence from 1893 until 1965. The oldest public structure in the original plat of …
"This play house is said to have cost forty thousand dollars. Is a peach. Scenery raised above stage instead of sliding back," wrote Fred Roof of Big Rapids on the back of a postcard mailed on October 15, 1908 to his girl friend and future wife, F…