By Gail Offen
Grand River street, or Michigan US-16 because it used to be finally special, is considered one of Michigans actual Blue Highwaysan unique two-lane, blacktop highway nonetheless serving as an instantaneous course via roadside the US. initially a local American path, this historical course has been a westbound direction from the Straits of Detroit to the jap shorelines of Lake Michigan for greater than 1,000 years. through the years, it has served as a footpath, horse path, wagon rut, stagecoach path, plank street, and finally a two-lane road that gave a few of Americas earliest motorists their first style of long-distance vehicle commute.
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A hundred and one A significant manufacturer. The village of Fruitport sits alongside US sixteen on the some distance japanese shore of Spring Lake. It was once based in 1868 through Edward L. Craw, who determined to name it Crawville. notwithstanding, because the village was once a huge fruit-producing zone and likewise had entry to Lake Michigan through Spring Lake, it was once determined the identify needs to be Fruitport. whereas the 1907 view of the most road in Fruitport above might sound a piece “disarming” (what with Venus de Milo status over the entranceway of a constitution at the a ways right), the village is still a hectic trade heart this present day, with a present inhabitants of simply over 1,000. within the 1909 photo under, passengers have simply disembarked from a Fruitport expedition boat on what appears to be like 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 positioned in Fruitport from 1879 until eventually 1912 and produced greater than 950,000 a whole lot pig iron. Pictured above, the Spring Lake Iron Company’s personal ore provider, the SS Pentland, awaits loading on the Fruitport dock. one in every of the biggest ore providers of its time, the Pentland was once heavily broken in a collision in 1912 and eventually scrapped. The Spring Lake Iron corporation place of work and boathouse is obvious lower than in a photo from 1907. this day, in basic terms ruins stay of the as soon as expansive facility. 103 Sweet track and pink scorching Jazz. The Pomona Pavilion, pictured above, used to be inbuilt Fruitport in 1901. It was once the crowning jewel of Pomona Park and stood simply over the water’s aspect, permitting boaters to dock and perform the various dances. through the years, it used to be a venue that featured such awesome nationwide bands as Glenn Miller and His Orchestra and the Dorsey Brothers. one of many neighborhood apartment bands was once that of Muskegon businessman and bandleader Frank Lockage, featured within the advertisements postcard under; Lockage bought the pavilion in 1926. In 1962, the pavilion was once offered for the ultimate time, however the candy tune and crimson sizzling jazz should have proved too sizzling 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 chuffed to downright grumpy. At any price, without or with the pavilion, Pomona Park continues to be a favored position for picnics and events alongside Spring Lake. energy to the folk at Pomona. From 1902 to 1928, commuters and Pomona picnickers alike have been afforded the nice benefit of handy transportation through the “Lake Line,” officially referred to as the Grand River, Grand Haven & Muskegon Railway. The Fruitport powerhouse is visible during this postcard dated 1918. unfortunately, by means of the past due Twenties, the interurban approach in the United States got here to an premature finish, mainly end result of the acclaim for autos. one zero five All Roads bring about Muskegon.