Kent County Michigan
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The county was set off in 1831, and organized in 1836. It is named for New York jurist and legal scholar James Kent, who represented the Michigan Territory in its dispute with Ohio over the Toledo Strip. The county seat is Grand Rapids.
The Grand River runs through the county. On its west bank are burial mounds from the Hopewell Indians who originally lived in the area.
The river valley was an important center for the fur trade in the early 19th century. After the War of 1812, Rix Robinson and Louis Campau were the earliest traders in the area. In 1826, Campau established a trading post in what is today Grand Rapids. In 1831, he bought land and platted the town and is considered the founder of Grand Rapids. [Source: extracted from wikipedia]
Cedar Springs ~ East Grand Rapids ~ Grand Rapids (county seat) ~
Grandville ~ Kentwood ~ Lowell ~ Rockford ~ Walker ~ Wyoming
Caledonia ~ Casnovia ~ Kent City ~ Sand Lake ~ Sparta
Byron Center ~ Comstock Park ~ Cutlerville ~ Forest Hills ~ Northview
Other Unincorporated Communities
Ada ~ Alaska ~ Alto ~ Belmont ~ Cannonsburg ~ Cascade ~ Dutton
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