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Winter photos: Someone must know which street this is

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A couple of weeks ago, The Rapidian and The Grand Rapids Press launched their respective winter photo projects. On our part, we asked Rapidians to share what there is to love about West Michigan winters. The Press opted for a caption contest, pulling photos from their own bank and that of the Grand Rapids Public Library.

Within hours of publishing their first photo, a very curious thing happened.

"Photo is NOT of Reeds Lake," said ppwii in the comments section. "I am not sure how that got started but it and a companion photo are on the GRPL web site. The companion shows a two story building with railroad cars in front and the same guys and same machine. The building IS part of Cordorouy Rubber and the cars were on the tracks that still run over there near Fuller and Michigan. The building is also still there."

ppwii goes on and was the only one to catch the error (The Press is averaging 150 email submissions per picture).

Fast-forward to photo numero cinco (shown above): The storm of '78. Press staffers have looked but can't figure out which street it is. Speculation says west Grand Rapids.

The beauty of ppwii's comment is that s/he goes into detail about the history of that property, previous owners and places the photo pre-I196. All hints that this person knows the neighborhood well.

We know there are plenty of history buffs and neighborhood pride in Grand Rapids. Help us figure it out: Which street is this?

Comment below. And while you're at it, consider submitting your own photo caption to The Press!

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