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Grant, Michigan is a city in south-central Newaygo County. Mostly in Ashland Township, a portion of the city extends into Grant Township to the east.

The chief route through the city is M-37 (Mason Drive), which is also known as Maple Street within the city. It intersects 120th Street (State Road) in the upper-central part of Grant. Cities and villages within twenty miles of Grant include Newaygo, Casnovia, Kent City, Sparta, White Cloud, Fremont, Ravenna, Sand Lake, and Pierson.

Although Grant is thirty miles north of Grand Rapids, it is included in the Grand Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area. While Grand Rapids and Muskegon, thirty miles to the west, are large urban areas, Grant is more of a rural city, surrounded by farmland, scattered woodlands, and wetlands. With few industries, Grant is a residential community whose residents are mostly employed in the larger metropolitan area.

Although people were living in the area before that time, the history of the town is tied to the arrival of Andrew J. Squier, who built a sawmill there in 1882. That same year, a railroad station was built for a branch of the Chicago & Western Railroad, which later became the Pere Marquette Railroad. The railroad station became known as Grant Station, named for former President Ulysses S. Grant. The Grant Train Depot and Grant Water Tower, constructed in 1891, still exist as historic sites.

The growing community around the sawmill and train depot was often known as Grant Center. On May 14, 1892, a post office was established, at which time the community's name was shortened to Grant, which was incorporated as a village in 1893. The village became a city on November 30, 1971.

Originally a lumber and a railroad town, today Grant is mostly a bedroom community, with a population just short of nine hundred.

The focus of this guide is on the City of Grant, Michigan. Appropriate topics include online resources representing the municipal government or any individuals, businesses, industries, schools, places of worship, organizations, attractions, and events within the city.


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