Every community has its own vocabulary -- the names and places that make it feel like home. Here's an insider's look at the history, culture, and special character of a place called West Michigan. By the time you're done reading, you should be able to find us on The Mitten, name some of our beautiful beaches and local celebrities, describe the function of the Fish Ladder, and identify why dentists have a special place in their hearts for Grand Rapids. For extra credit: what world-famous architect designed our downtown amphitheatre?
Tucked away off I-196, inside the boundaries of Millennium Park on Grand Rapids' West Side, you'll find 17 prehistoric mounds containing artifacts from the Hopewell peoples, who summered on the banks of the Grand River between 10 B.C. and A.D. 400. Artifacts from the Mounds can be viewed at the Van Andel Museum Center.
See also: Millennium Park
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