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Grand Rapids: 1908

Grand Rapids: 1908

Grand Rapids, Michigan, circa 1908. "Canal Street from corner of Monroe." Merchants vying for your trade include The Giant, Idlehour and People's Credit Clothing Co. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Idle Hour Theatre

Whoa, good eye stumpy! Google finds a couple of references to the Idle Hour Theatre at 188 Monroe Street NW.

Canal was renamed Monroe in 1912. So the current description of the view would be Monroe Street north from the intersection of Pearl, Monroe and Monroe Center.

The building on the left is Sweet's Hotel, on the site of the Pantlind (now Amway Grand Plaza) Hotel built in 1913.

Home town

That's my home year before my father was born in Cascade, just outside of GR. Thanks!

Can this be the Idlehour?

It's already colorized

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