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Grand River Greenway Celebration continues with logging program by Carl Bajema
Grand River Greenway Celebration continues with logging program by Carl Bajema

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Loggers used the Grand River as an “expressway” to drive logs to sawmills in villages and cities along the banks of the Grand River. The 1883 log jams in the river above Grand Rapids and above Spring Lake-Grand Haven are the stuff that legends are made of.

Local historian Carl Bajema will present his program on these legendary events titled The Legendary 1883 Log Jams on the Grand River on April 5 at 7:00 p.m. in the Loutit District Library’s Program Room A as part of the Grand River Greenway Parks Celebration.

Photos, artist sketches and maps document these legendary events in the history of the Grand River.

Carl Bajema has been studying the environmental history of the Grand River for more than 25 years. He has explored the Grand River from its headwaters adjacent Bundy Hill in Hillsdale County to its mouth at Grand Haven.

Bajema has been studying the environmental history of the Grand River for more than 25 years. He has explored the Grand River from its headwaters adjacent Bundy Hill in Hillsdale County to its mouth at Grand Haven. Bajema has published papers on lumber rafting, logging railroads, steamboats as well as ghost towns that were once flourishing sawmill villages on the banks of the Grand River in Ottawa County.

He is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Grand Valley State University.

For more information on this program, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214. For more information on other Grand River Greenway Parks Celebration events happening in 2012, visit Ottawa County Parks’ website, www.miottawa.org/parks, or call (616) 738-4810.


Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The library serves 35,540 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District.