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Happy Sesquicentennial! Huizenga Marks the 150th Anniversary of Spring Lake

Washington, September 18, 2019

Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02), spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to mark the village of Spring Lake’s 150th Anniversary. Video of Congressman Huizenga’s speech as well as a copy of his remarks are available below. 


Congressman Bill Huizenga

Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the village of Spring Lake and its 150th Birthday. 
This past weekend, friends and residents of the small village in West Michigan, gathered together to celebrate and share memories of the community’s rich and storied history. 

The village of Spring Lake first began as a lumber town in 1838 when Captain Benjamin Hopkins and his family arrived from Canada.  

Soon after, other settlers arrived and constructed additional sawmills, leading to the village officially incorporating in 1869. 

As the village developed, railroads, resorts, and telephone lines all helped the village grow into a bustling community.  

Today, the village is situated on the beautiful shores of both Spring Lake and the Grand River – right next to Lake Michigan - offering endless recreational opportunities and a wide variety of shops and services. 

While the village has changed much throughout the last 150 years, one thing has remained constant: the close-knit and welcoming community continues to make the village a special place to live and raise a family.

Mr. Speaker, let us join in celebration and recognition of all former and current residents of Spring Lake Village as we celebrate their 150th Birthday.  


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