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Historical Sites of Grand Rapids


Civil War
Civic Theatre
Pearl St. Bridge
Sixth St. Bridge
Voigt House
Meyer May House
Indian Mounds
Heritage Hills
Pantlind Hotel
McKay Tower
Fulton St. Cemetery


    The original Pearl Street Bridge was a covered wooden bridge built in 1858. This covered wooden bridge was the site of a large Fourth of July celebration and picnic for the returning soldiers in 1865. Tables and chairs were set up the full length of the bridge. The tables were filled with all kinds of food and seated approximately 800 people. All total about 1500 people were served dinner that day. This covered bridge was damaged by a log jam in the flood of 1883.

The present Pearl Street Bridge was built in 1922 for a cost of $80,877 and replaced a iron truss bridge dating back to 1886.