Grand Rapids, Michigan, the second largest city in the state, and the seat of Kent County. Grand Rapids is on the Grand River in the west-central part of the state, about 140 miles (225 km) northwest of Detroit. The city has a diversified economy but is best known for its furniture industry.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum exhibits European and American art. The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum contains a replica of the Oval Office in the White House. (President Ford was a resident of Grand Rapids for many years.) Educational institutions include Aquinas College and Calvin College.
Grand Rapids was settled in 1826 on the site of an Ottawa Indian village. Louis Campau established a fur-trading post here in 1827.