Do You Remember When Grand Rapids Had Its Own Stonehenge?
For a short time, Grand Rapids, Michigan, once had its very own Stonehenge but do you remember its location?
What is Stonehenge?
The original Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument that is located in Wilshire, England.
If you have ever watched the History Channel you have seen Stonehenge or sat through the entire documentary.
There are several mysteries involving the original Stonehenge, like how it was built, how men moved rocks that size without modern-day equipment, how they figured out how to position the stones to the rising and setting of the sun, to measure the moon and seasons? We may never know the answers to these questions, but there once was a Stonehenge in Grand Rapids that is a lot easier to explain.
Do You Remember When Grand Rapids Had Its Stonehenge?
If you look closely at this photo you can see stones that are positioned that look similar to those of the original Stonehenge except these are in Grand Rapids and would later become the ramps connecting US-131 and I-96 which would open in December of 1962.
The above photo shows what Grand Rapids Stonehenge turned into. This all came from a Facebook group called "If You Grew Up in Grand Rapids/Kent County, then you remember...". Below are some of the comments from those old enough to remember the limited run of Grand Rapids Stonehenge.
Many of you may not remember having a milkman (milk used to be delivered to your home) but if you check out this thread there is a very charming conversation about a well-known milkman from the early 60s.
This section of the Facebook thread has people commenting on watching the beams and bridges being built.
It was this final section of the thread that uncovered a little nugget about a Stonehenge replica that Bruce Nelson commented on. Nelson said it was located "on Leonard St. way out by Nunica. North side of the road by the Verde golf course." Sounds like I may need to take a trip out there and get a few photos for another story.
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