Grand Haven is located where the Grand River flows into Lake Michigan. In 1834 settlers arrived, in 1835 the town was platted, and in 1836 a sawmill was built. The economy developed around sawmills and shingle mills, shipbuilding, commercial fishing, tourism, and resorts. During the 1950s and 1960s, in response to perceived urban decay, local citizens rallied for construction in 1963 of a huge musical fountain on the Grand River. In 1988 the Postmodern multimission Coast Guard station ( OT14) opened on the excellent harbor.
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