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Grand Haven

Trip Planner USA  /  Michigan  /  Ottawa County  /  Grand Haven
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Things to do: sightseeing, nature, museums
Grand Haven is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan the county seat of Ottawa County. Grand Haven is located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Grand River, for which it is named. As of the 2010 census, Grand Haven had a population of 10,412. It is part of the Holland-Grand Haven Metropolitan Area, which had a population of 263,801 in 2010. The city is home to the Grand Haven Memorial Airpark (3GM) and is located just north of Grand Haven Charter Township.HistoryThe Potawatomi and Ottawa Indians lived in the area for centuries and used the river as a trade route into the interior of Michigan. Some of the long culture of the Ottawa tribe is being revealed through the excavation of archeological artifacts.The city dates its European-American founding to French colonial settlers. A fur trading outpost called Gabagouache was first established by Madeline La Framboise and her husband Joseph. The name was adapted from a Potawatomi term for the area, Gabagouache. The trading post was later taken over by John Jacob Astor and the American Fur Company, which he developed as a monopoly. As a trading post, it was a hub of economic activity.
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