Tidbits of Interest
Just as the name suggests, the most valuable natural resource of Big Rapids, Michigan is the water. Big Rapids may be a college town, home to Ferris State University, but it first provided a good economy for the settlers by way of the lumber industry. Potawatomi Chief Mecosta was an early traveler along the local waterways, and Mecosta County was eventually named for him. The Mecosta County Historical Museum provides much more items of interest for those with a healthy curiosity for history. The opportunities for more history, as well as art, are simply endless, beginning with the Barryton Historical Museum, the Civil War Monument, and the Anna Howard Shaw Sculpture—all the way to the Old Jail (Michigan Historic Site), Sawmill Point, Swede Hill Settlement, and Pioneer Press.