By Cindy M. Hughes

Belding is found within the northwest nook of Ionia County alongside the Flat River. The land was once first settled via Charles Broas in 1837 and have become referred to as Broas Rapids. The identify was once later replaced to Patterson turbines, and in 1871 the small village was once renamed Belding in honor of the Belding relations. The Belding brothers synthetic silk and taken a lot task to the group. among 1885 and 1917, the Beldings operated 4 silk turbines, dormitories, lodge Belding, a health facility, an opera condominium, a library, and lots of extra downtown companies. The silk turbines by myself hired extra humans than all different region factories mixed. With the brothers controlling ninety percentage of the yank silk industry, Belding grew to become referred to as "Silk Capital of the World."

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