No bones about it. When Ottawa County pioneer John Spoon discovered a large number of human skeletons near the mouth of Crockery Creek in 1875, it caused a sensation putting Ottawa County and his namesake town — Spoonville — on the map.
When young Wilhelm Harter stepped off the train at the Grand Haven depot with three other children on the morning of July 17, 1891, their brief stay in the city captured the attention of the Grand Haven Tribune.
Everyone in Ottawa County knows the place to go for a Pronto Pup. While the tiny establishment on Grand Haven’s Harbor Drive is now closed for the season, a debate is still open as to who created the tasty hog dog treat.
On Nov. 9, 1867, a small boat headed north from Washington Street across the Grand River to the train depot at the foot of what in now Dewey Hill capsized. The four occupants — three adults and one child — all drowned.