Grand rapids furniture city images of america michigan paperback may 5 2008 by norma lewis author visit amazons norma lewis page find all the books read about the author and more see search results for this author are you an author learn about author central norma lewis author 45 out of 5 stars 2 ratings see all formats and editions hide other formats and editions . Aug 15 2015 amazoncom grand rapids furniture city images of america michigan 9780738552002 lewis norma books. Though its booming beer tourism trade has led grand rapids to claim the new nickname of beer city for the longest time it was known to many as furniture city at its height it was home to more than 40 furniture companies and had a global reputation for manufacturing and selling fine wood furniture but how did this small city in west michigan become americas furniture city. Grand rapids furniture city images of america michigan review buy from amazoncom 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 . Grand rapids furniture gained its worldwide reputation for the quality of furniture at the philadelphia centennial in 1876 which strengthened the local economy and put grand rapids on the map the technological improvements of railroads and the steam engines would transform the grand rapids furniture industry and economy
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