Beginning Source of Transportation

Water was the primary means of transportation for the early pioneers during their first two summers in the Zeeland Colony. Provisions and household goods were shipped by flat boats from Holland and other surrounding towns. Teams of oxen were soon employed for distribution of these goods throughout the small colony and were considered to be of great importance by the colonists.

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Ox Teams & Wagons

Ox teams and wagons later traveled over the crude road which had been built along the Indian trail, allowing a trip to and from Grand Rapids to be made in approximately four days. The first horses were introduced into the colony in the year 1855.

Railroad Construction

In 1897, with the steady advancement of transportation, the construction of rails for the streetcar and the interurban became more than just a dream. By October of 1901, the tracks had been laid through Zeeland and the first regular service to Grand Rapids had begun.

Moving to Automobiles

With the growing number and improved quality of the roads, the automobile quickly became the more desired means of transportation. John Veneklasen, part owner of the Zeeland and Hamilton Brick Yards, was the first Zeelander to own a private car - with many others to follow.

Retiring the Interurban

With the increasing popularity of the automobile, a new era was introduced. After 25 years, the interurban had been rendered obsolete. In November of 1926, the interurban bell was silenced and the rumble of its wheels was stilled.