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Big Rapids, Michigan

Posted by graywacke on April 17, 2009

First timer? In this once-a-day blog, I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48). I call this “landing.” I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near. I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location. To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” above.

Dan – OK. So, after three USers in a row, culminating with a new record Score; here I am on the opposite streak (i.e., three OSers). Today’s OSer . . . MI; 40/33; 4/10; 2; 163.0. Here’s my landing map:


It’s a little hard to see, but a drop of water at my landing spot heads northwest, quickly ending up in the Little South Branch of the Pere Marquette River (StreetAtlas says “Lit S Br Pere Marquette River”). And yes!!! That’s a new river!!! So, the Little South Branch of the Pere Marquette River is my 1000th river!!! How about that. What’s more, the Little South Branch of the Pere Marquette River flows into another new river (my 1001st), the Pere Marquette. The Pere Marquette flows into Lake Michigan, on of course to the St. Lawrence (80th hit).

The significant town in the vicinity is Big Rapids. We’ve all heard of Grand Rapids, but Big Rapids? Well, it’s a decent-sized town (pop 11,000). It turns out that Grand Rapids is named because of rapids on the Grand River. Big Rapids is named because of big rapids on the Muskegon River (obviously in a different watershed than my landing).

So, here’s a broader view:


From the town website:

The early history of Big Rapids was associated with the logging industry in the Lower Peninsula. The Muskegon River, whose headwaters come from Houghton Lake, was used as a transportation artery moving logs downstream to the mills located in Muskegon. Swift currents near the City’s present location were referred to by early lumbermen as “the big rapids” and was adopted as the name of the City. The year 1855 is considered to be the year that permanent settlement of Big Rapids began with construction of homes and the establishment of families.

Here’s a picture of the Muskegon River just outside of Big Rapids:


Here’s a lovely picture of a park in Big Rapids:


I hate to admit it, but I can’t find much else . . .Oh well.



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