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The building far left was originally built as the Wolverine Chair and Furniture Company factory (1875–18XX) William Henry Powers, president; The first use of hydroelectric power 24 July 1880 used the water intake located on the north side of Wolverine Chair and Furniture Company factory. It operated from this location for a couple months when it was relocated in the Powers Saw Mill at the foot of the West Side Water Power Canal near the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad (G. R. & I. R. R.) “Blue” Bridge. The water power wheelhouse to the far right is to power the Grand Rapids Brush Company () located on the west side of Front Ave and Allen St.Jim Winslow, 3/29/2014
Looking North from Pearl St along William Thompson Powers’ West Side Water Power Canal establish in 1866 and opened in 1867. The building far left was originally built as the Wolverine Chair and Furniture Company (1875–1887) William Henry Powers, president; Joseph H. Walker, secretary and treasurer. The Grand Rapids Electric Light and Power Company began with the first use of hydroelectric power in the United States here on 24 July 1880 and used the water intake located on the north side of Wolverine Chair and Furniture factory. Grand Rapids Electric Light and Power Company operated from this location until September 1880 when it was relocated in the Powers Saw Mill at the foot of the West Side Water Power Canal near the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad (G.R.&I.R.R.) “Blue” Bridge. Three additional Brush Electric Carbon-Arc Dynamos were ordered and placed in a new Hydroelectric Power Plant building just north of the Powers’ Saw Mill (Located about where the grassy lawn is just south of the current Grand Rapids Public Museum Van Andel Center) The water power wheelhouse to the far right is to power the Grand Rapids Brush Company located on the west side of Front Ave and Allen St. The Powers and Walker Burial Casket Company (1884–19xx) is the next building north of Wolverine Chair. The wheelhouse on the east bank on the canal was to power the Powers and Walker Burial Casket Company on the west side of Front Street. In the summer of 1959 the water flow will be cut off and the canal will begin to be filled-in by 1960. It was reported in the Grand Rapids Press that the Bissell Carpet Sweeper factory on the east side will be used as fill for the canal. It became a parking lot from Pearl St to Bridge St from Front Ave to the River. Jim Winslow, 3/29/2014


Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Photographs
Grand River Watershed ➔ Photograph, West Side Water Power Canal

Identifier:
178044.6
Description:
This image depicts a canal running through the city and near the water-powered factories, and contains a negative piece.

 ;Looking North from Pearl St along William Thompson Powers’ West Side Water Power Canal establish in August 1866 and opened in its entirety September 1868. The building far left was originally built as Grand Rapids Brush Company building in 1873, it changed to Wolverine Chair and Furniture Company (1880–1887) William Henry Powers, president; Joseph H. Walker, secretary and treasurer. The Grand Rapids Electric Light and Power Company began with the first use of hydroelectric power in the United States here on July 24, 1880 and used the water intake located on the north side of Wolverine Chair and Furniture factory. Grand Rapids Electric Light and Power Company operated from this location until September 1880 when it was relocated in the Powers Saw Mill at the foot of the West Side Water Power Canal near the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad (G.R.&I.R.R.) “Blue” Bridge. Three additional Brush Electric Carbon-Arc Dynamos were ordered and placed in a new Hydroelectric Power Plant building just north of the Powers’ Saw Mill (Located about where the grassy lawn is just south of the current Grand Rapids Public Museum Van Andel Museum Center) The water power wheelhouse to the far right is to power the Grand Rapids Brush Company located on the west side of Front Ave and Allen St. The Powers and Walker Burial Casket Company (1884–19xx) is the next building north of Wolverine Chair. The wheelhouse on the east bank on the canal was to power the Powers and Walker Burial Casket Company on the west side of Front Street. In the summer of 1959 the water flow will be cut off and the canal will begin to be filled-in by 1960. It was reported in the Grand Rapids Press that the Bissell Carpet Sweeper factory on the east side will be used as fill for the canal. It became a parking lot from Pearl St to Bridge St from Front Ave to the River from 1960 until mid-1970s when Ah-Nab-Awen Bicentennial Park will be created.

This photo was printed in the Grand Rapids Board of Trade brochure "Grand Rapids As It Is 1888".
Date:
1887 – 1888
Materials:
Paper
Dimensions:
4.5" h 7 | 5" w ; 4" h
Current Location Status:
In Storage
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