Big Rapids, Michigan

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Big Rapids is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 10,849. It is the county seat of Mecosta County[3]. The city is located within Big Rapids Township, but is politically independent.

Big Rapids is the birthplace of former Commandant of the Marine Corps Ben Hebard Fuller. It is also the birthplace of Clint Hurdle, a former baseball player for the Kansas City Royals and former manager of the Colorado Rockies. It is also the hometown of the Commanding Officer of the USS Mesa Verde, Commander Larry Legree. Anna Howard Shaw, the English-born prominent leader of the U.S. woman suffrage movement and first ordained female Methodist preacher who grew up on the Michigan frontier, lived, preached, and attended high school in Big Rapids (entering at age 23) before moving on to degrees in divinity and medicine at Boston University. The Whippet Museum of North America is located near the former High School (now in use as the Intermediate School.)



According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²), of which, 4.2 square miles (11.0 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (3.42%) is water. Like most of the central Michigan area, it lies on the ancient sea bed and has a sandy subsoil which lies above an iron ore base. The Muskegon River runs through Big Rapids, passing both the University and the local middle school on its way to Lake Michigan. Numerous small lakes are within a few miles of the city.

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