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Big Rapids, Michigan. It is the county seat of Mecosta County. The city is located within Big Rapids Township, but is politically independent. Big Rapids was settled in 1855 by George French and his brother Zera. It became the seat of Mecosta County in 1859. The village was platted in 1859. It was incorporated as a city in 1869. The city has a total area of 4.48 square miles, of which, 4.36 square miles of it is land & 0.12 square miles is water. Like most of the central Michigan area, it lies on the ancient sea bed & has a sandy subsoil which lies above an iron ore base. The Muskegon River runs through Big Rapids, passing both Ferris State University & the local middle school on its way to Lake Michigan. Numerous small lakes are within a few miles of the city.

In 1884, later a Governor & U.S. Senator, Woodbridge N. Ferris established Ferris Institute located in Big Rapids. The Institute has grown and is now a University with an enrollment of approximately 10,000 students. The University offers several diversified curriculum in seven separate schools, including the College of Optometry & College of Pharmacy. 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.

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