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From Fur Traders to Furniture Traders: Grand Rapids, Michigan, City of Contrasts

By Dorothea S. Michelman Visitors to Grand Rapids, Michigan’s second-largest city, may find it a challenge to envision today’s vibrant tourist destination as it first appeared in 1826, a riverside trading post established by French trader Louis Campeau. Trade between the French, British, and local Ottawa Indians must have been brisk, for in 1831 Campeau …

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