Every community has its own vocabulary -- the names and places that make it feel like home. Here's an insider's look at the history, culture, and special character of a place called West Michigan. By the time you're done reading, you should be able to find us on The Mitten, name some of our beautiful beaches and local celebrities, describe the function of the Fish Ladder, and identify why dentists have a special place in their hearts for Grand Rapids. For extra credit: what world-famous architect designed our downtown amphitheatre?
Aside from President Gerald R. Ford, West Michigan claims quite a few
celebrities. Here's a selection of some of our favorite sons and daughters: Astronaut Roger B. Chaffee; Twilight Heartthrob Taylor Lautner; Recording Artists DeBarge Family ; X-Files Special Agent Gillian Anderson; Marathoner Greg Meyer; Filmmaker Paul Schrader; Comedic Actor Andy Richter; CBS Correspondent Martha Teichner; Red Hot Chili Pepper Anthony Kiedis; Children's Book Author Chris Van Allsburg; and Champion Boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (and Sr.)
See also: Polar Express
Download a brochure of all 57 Reasons to Love West Michigan (pdf). This information has been provided by The Right Place.