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Taverns and Inns Along Kent County Michigan Stage Routes
From On the Michigan Stage by David and Marilyn Hanks Grand Rapid, Michigan; 1970

This is a small booklet about the taverns and inns along the stagecoach routes into Kent County. This booklet has pictures or sketches of the inns and brief histories (some very colorful) about these stops. There is also a map of the routes. Below is a list of the stops. This booklet is available at the Grand Rapids Library, 3rd Floor. By no means is this a full listing of all the stage coach stops that existed in Kent County at one time or another but does give an overall view. If you know of other ones, please send them along.

 

Whitney Tavern Stand, c. 2000

KENT'S TAVERN:
Caledonia Twp., Sec. 35. Also known as McNaughton's or The Oak Grove House. Location was: Whitneyville Road near 100th  St.

THE BRICK INN:
Earlier establishment known as the Log Inn. Location was: West side of Fruit Ridge Road near 5 Mile Road.

WALKER TAVERN:
Location was: Sec. 28, Vergennes Twp.

LAMONT HALFWAY HOUSE:
Erected in 1859 by Mr. Dudley.

ALBRIGHT TAVERN:
Also known as Christie Hotel.  Location was: on South Division Ave. on the present site of Kelloggsville High School.

WHITNEY TAVERN STAND:
Built by Mr. Whitney, founder of Whitneyville.

THE COACH STOP:
 In Village of Ada.

THE REFUGE:
Still standing and can be seen from US 131 between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.

Others were:

MANSION HOUSE of Yankee Bill Lewis in Yankee Springs, Allegan County. Also known as The Seven Story Inn.

FISK HOUSE in East Grand Rapids located at the corner of Robinson Road and Lakeside Dr. on Fisk Lake.

THE ENSLEY HOUSE in Newaygo County, near Ensley Center.

THE WALKER HOUSE (not to be confused with the Walker Tavern) Location: Walker Road near Three Mile in Walker township.

GREEN LAKE HOUSE  in Alaska.

TOLL HOUSE  It is on Division Ave. in Grand Rapids at the corner of Alger.


Document Source: See above.
Location of Original: Grand Rapids Public Library
Transcriber: RA

URL: http://kent.migenweb.net/histories/taverns.html 
Created: 31 July 1999[an error occurred while processing this directive]