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The City of Coopersville, Michigan is in eastern Polkton Township, in northern Ottawa County, between Muskegon and Grand Rapids.

The city is situated north of I-96, which forms its southern and southwestern border. There are two exits to the city, one at the southeast corner, the other at the southwest corner of the city. Ravenna is 9.5 miles north of Coopersville, while Walker is 10.4 miles southeast, Fruitport is 13.5 miles northwest, Spring Lake is 14.0 miles west, Sparta is 18.3 miles northeast, and Hudsonville is 19.1 miles to the south.

Deer Creek runs through the center of the city, emptying into the Grand River, south of Coopersville.

The city was named for Benjamin Cooper, who purchased 650 acres of timberland in northeastern Ottawa County in 1845. Heavily forested, the land was near the Grand River, which could be used to float the timber to the shipping port in Grand Haven. Along with his two sons, Cooper built a sawmill and began logging operations. Dr. Timothy Eastman, an organizer of the township in 1845, named the developing village Polkton, for President James Knox Polk. On May 28, 1846, a post office was established at Polkton, with Dr. Eastman as postmaster.

However, when Benjamin Cooper learned that the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad was planning a line through the area, he offered the railroad a right-of-way through his property if they would promise not to establish another depot within six miles of the town. When the railroad came through in 1858, a few years later, he gave them the land for a station if they would name it for him, and it was named Coopersville Station. On January 22, 1859, the post office was renamed Coopersville, and it was incorporated as a village in 1871.

Before long, the forests were cleared and agriculture replaced forestry as the area's chief industry. The Interurban Building on Main Street was constructed for the Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, and Muskegon Railway, which began operations in 1902, offering electric interurban service connecting Grand Rapids to Muskegon, with a branch line from Fruitport to Grand Haven. Coopersville grew slowly but steadily. Although there was a decline in its population during the 1890s after its lumber operations waned and before other industries took up the slack, but it has otherwise increased in population each census year, currently having a population well above four thousand. Coopersville became a city in 1967.

Today, Coopersville is a rural-suburban community, and part of the Grand Rapids-Muskegon metro area. Before the 1970s, Coopersville was primarily a bedroom community, with residents commuting to Grand Rapids or Muskegon for work. However, its industrial and commercial base grew during the 1970s and 1980s, and the city now has several large industrial employers and a mixture of commercial businesses, including its downtown district and highway-oriented businesses along Randall Street and 68th Avenue, near the interstate.

The focus of this guide is on the City of Cooperville, Michigan. Appropriate resources include websites representing the city, as well as individuals, businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, events, and recreational and sporting programs within the city.


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