By Gail Offen

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

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Whereas the 1907 view of the most road in Fruitport above may appear a piece “disarming” (what with Venus de Milo status over the entranceway of a constitution at the a long way right), the village remains to be a hectic trade middle at the present time, with a present inhabitants of simply over 1,000. within the 1909 snapshot lower than, passengers have simply disembarked from a Fruitport expedition boat on what appears to be a stunning spring day. 102 Fruitport Iron and undefined. as well as fruit, Fruitport was an commercial heart to boot. The Spring Lake Iron corporation (SLIC) was once situated in Fruitport from 1879 till 1912 and produced greater than 950,000 hundreds pig iron. Pictured above, the Spring Lake Iron Company’s personal ore provider, the SS Pentland, awaits loading on the Fruitport dock. one among the most important ore providers of its time, the Pentland was once heavily broken in a collision in 1912 and finally scrapped. The Spring Lake Iron corporation workplace and boathouse is obvious less than in a photo from 1907. this present day, simply ruins stay of the as soon as expansive facility. 103 Sweet track and pink sizzling Jazz. The Pomona Pavilion, pictured above, was once inbuilt Fruitport in 1901. It was once the crowning jewel of Pomona Park and stood simply over the water’s side, permitting boaters to dock and perform the various dances. through the years, it was once a venue that featured such impressive nationwide bands as Glenn Miller and His Orchestra and the Dorsey Brothers. one of many neighborhood condominium bands was once that of Muskegon businessman and bandleader Frank Lockage, featured within the ads postcard under; Lockage bought the pavilion in 1926. In 1962, the pavilion was once offered for the ultimate time, however the candy track and purple scorching jazz should have proved too scorching to handle—the position burned to the floor and the waterline on a chilly winter’s evening in January 1963. 104 Picnic in Pomona Park. “Dear mom, we're all getting alongside . . . How will we all glance to you, this morning? ” writes daughter Ella at the opposite of this postcard from round 1910. The featured facial expressions appear to run the gamut from peacefully happy to downright grumpy. At any fee, without or with the pavilion, Pomona Park remains to be a favored position for picnics and events alongside Spring Lake. strength to the folks at Pomona. From 1902 to 1928, commuters and Pomona picnickers alike have been afforded the nice good thing about handy transportation through the “Lake Line,” officially referred to as the Grand River, Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway. The Fruitport powerhouse is obvious during this postcard dated 1918. unfortunately, through the overdue Twenties, the interurban process in the United States got here to an premature finish, mainly end result of the acclaim for cars. a hundred and five All Roads result in Muskegon. whereas US sixteen has simply come at once into Muskegon considering 1940, it has lengthy been attached to it, through US 31. This photo exhibits an GRGH&M interurban vehicle coming shut sufficient for a wink and a nod with a Pere Marquette engine as they go through Muskegon Heights. Lumber, hard work, and business increase. Muskegon, obvious right here round 1938, used to be settled in 1834 and named for the Muskegon River, altered from the unique French identify, Masquignon.

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