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Grand Rapids

Furniture City

Grand Rapids( )
Author: Lewis, Norma
Series title:Images of America Ser.
ISBN:978-0-7385-5200-2
Publication Date:May 2008
Publisher:Arcadia Publishing
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $21.99
Book Description:

William Haldane opened a cabinet shop in 1836, 14 years before Grand Rapids incorporated. Other furniture companies followed: Berkey and Gay, Widdicomb, Sligh, Hekman, and Phoenix were among those taking advantage of the Grand River for transportation and power, the area's abundant hardwood supply, and a growing immigrant labor pool. The furniture soon attracted national attention. In 1876, the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition proved conclusively that a river town in Michigan had...
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