Eaton Rapids is a City that is easy to fall in love with. "The Only Eaton Rapids on Earth" is located on the Grand River, and its business district is actually located on an island in the middle of the river--with bridges to the north, south, east and west. Thus, often referred to as the "Island City," it is known for it's picturesque river views. Behind the business district, on the east side, is another island called Island Park. The park is owned by the City and has foot bridges on the east and west. The City could have easily been called the "City of Bridges," as, at one time, it had 14 bridges to maintain. Today, the City claims six vehicle bridges and three foot bridges.
The origins of the City of Eaton Rapids go back to 1837, when it was founded. It was organized as a village in 1859 and incorporated as a village in 1871.
In 1881, the Village of Eaton Rapids was ready for a big change. The January 1, 1881, Eaton Rapids Journal stated that "Eaton Rapids is Tired of the Appelation 'Village' and Signs for a City Charter." So it came to pass that, in 1881, with a proposal to the State Legislature, Eaton Rapids became incorporated and chartered as a City.
In the 1880's, Eaton Rapids was a thriving community. The water power furnished by the Grand River ran grist, woolen, and lumber mills. The subterranean water tables were of superb mineral quality and gave rise to numerous artisan wells. Because of these wells, Eaton Rapids became known as the "Saratoga of the West." There were 16 daily trains that brought health seekers to Eaton Rapids for the magnetic mineral water and bath houses.
Eaton Rapids was once considered as a site for the State's Capitol and was also home to a former Governor.
Today, Eaton Rapids offers high quality living with unique entertainment and recreation opportunities. Within a 45-minute radius, you can find abundant shopping, fine dining, vibrant nightlife, theater and cultural activities, as well as collegiate, minor-league and Michigan Internaional Speedway sporting events.
Many outdoor recreational opportunities are also available, including lakes, golf courses, public parks, beaches and mini-amusement parks. Eaton Rapids is ideally located in mid-Michigan offering small town charm with big city benefits.
As life starts moving faster and faster, we need to make a choice....to move faster with it or to step off every now and then. To marvel at the wonders around us, to take in new sites and sounds and remember just how beautiful life can be. Eaton Rapids is your "step off" destination to remember the yesteryears.....Experience the Island Way of Life!
Council agenda's are posted to the website by Friday around 12:00pm. Our meeting schedule is a Work Session on the 1st and 3rd Monday's at 5pm and Council Meetings on the 2nd and 4th Monday's at 7pm. All meetings are held at City Hall on the 2nd floor.
The City of Eaton Rapids maintains the minutes of all official meetings. Below is a link to the most recent meeting minutes along with a link to our minutes archive.
The City of Eaton Rapids... The link below will take you to the Eaton Rapids City Charter. Please be advised that the Complete and Official copy is available at City Hall.
The City of Eaton Rapids has many ordinances to keep our citizens safe. The link below will take you to the Eaton Rapids City Code and Ordinances
The City of Eaton Rapids budget is from July 1st to June 30th of each year. Below is a link to the current year's budget.
The City of Eaton Rapids is home to many wonderful parks, walking trails and businesses. The link below will take you to a map of the city to help you get there. Over the next couple of months we will introduce a more interactive map.
The DDA (Downtown Development Authority) meets on the 2nd Friday at 7am at City Hall. Below are the most recent meeting minutes.
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Tuesday, June 11th - Little-known Facts About the Lincolns and the Civil War at the Miller Farm from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 13th - 7:00 p.m. Music at the Amphitheater - Mojo Phoenix
Friday, June 14th - 10:00 p.m. Movie at the Amphitheater - Wreck It Ralph
Friday, June 21st - 10:00 p.m. Movie at the Amphitheater - Life of Pi
Saturday, June 22nd - Dam Festival
Thursday, June 27th - 7:00 p.m. Music at the Amphitheater - Media Band
Friday, June 28th - 10:00 p.m. Movie at the Ampitheater - The Hobbit
Friday and Saturday, July 26th and 27th - Murder Mystery Dinner at the Miller House from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday, August 16th - Medical Center Foundation Golf Outing at Eldorado Golf Course, call 663-9524 for more information
Saturday, October 5th - Fall Festival at the Miller Farm