Wyoming, Michigan

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Wyoming is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 69,368. That makes it the 20th largest city in the state of Michigan. It is the largest suburb of Grand Rapids. In 1832 the area was settled, was initially organized as Wyoming Township in 1848, and then became a city in 1959 after a period of annexation, water, and sewer fights.

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History

The area that is now the city of Wyoming was established first in 1832 and was one of the first populated areas in the county. Over the course of the next 16 years the area was incorporated as the Township of Byron. During this time the area that is now Grandville was populated at first by mills that used the Buck Creek to power its mills. In 1848 the township of Byron split with the name of Wyoming being used for the northern half. The name came from the county from which the majority of the residents came from during the first 16 years. During this time the township of Walker to the north took over a small portion of the new township as it was north of the Grand River and the ability to manage that land would be difficult.

During the ensuing 50 years the township of Wyoming grew up slowly. The Grandville settlement in the northwest corner of the township grew the most and by 1884 had became the Village of Grandville and by 1893 had separated from the township. The city of Grandville was able to expand to its present size when it was able to grab land half way between Byron Center Ave and Ivanrest Ave a year before the township was voted to a city. Only the panhandle section from south of 50th street was allowed to stay in the township and small effort was used to annex that section to Grandville that failed.

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