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Grand Rapids

The city of Grand Rapids grew with the logging industry and the many lumber camps that surrounded the site. Mississippi River heritage plays a large role in the area's attractions where live outdoor showboat performances occur each July and Tall Timber Days commence in August. Grand Rapids is also the birthplace of actress Judy Garland, whose childhood home is open to the public. Nearby, the Forest History Center, an authentic 1900 logging camp, offers costumed tour guides that recreate life in turn-of-the-century logging camps, and the White Oak Fur Post takes you back to the fur trading days. Schoolcraft State Park, situated at a historic wild ricing site, is also located near here.

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