First Map of GR?!?!

Acoording to a 1911 article, within the Grand Rapids Press, the Grand Rapids Public Library was a recipient of the very first map of Grand Rapids.

The map was drawn by the surveyor Lucius Lyon in 1831. Lucius would soon become one of the leading citizens of the fledgling village. He would one day become the very first U.S. Senator of the State of Michigan!

The map detailed what is now Walker Township. In detail it shows the length of the Rapids(which were one mile in length at the time). It also shows the observer the exact location of Louis Campau’s residence at the time.

This map still resides here at the library and is still available for people to look at and study(with help from the staff of course)

2 Responses to “First Map of GR?!?!”

  1. July 3, 2009 at 5:35 am #

    Wow! So cool! This would make an excellent article for the GR Historical Society's new mag, or a great photo essay for the Commission. See, history is fun!


  2. July 3, 2009 at 7:50 am #

    This has already been submitted into the GR Historical Society's new magazine and should be out shortly! But, never thought of the Commission's website, might suggest it!