Once off the plane and into land transport, one important sight in the midst of the city is the namesake river, with a bit of rapids showing at the bottom right of the photo. The Grand River has salmon runs, and a ladder was built for the salmon to ease their progress upstream.
The description states:
THE GRAND RIVER – Grand Rapids, Michigan, founded along the banks of the Grand River by early Dutch settlers, is now the leading city in West Michigan. The river provides many scenic and recreational areas for residents and visitors alike.
— This photo is part of a collection that appears to date from the late 1960s.