Portrait of John Ball, circa 1875. John Ball (1794-1884) was an early pioneer and land speculator who came to Grand Rapids in 1836. He was also a teacher, lawyer, and a politician. He also left forty acres of land on the west side to the City of Grand Rapids which became John Ball Park and home of John Ball Zoo.
Source:Grand Rapids Public Library photographs collection (Coll. 054)
- Grand Rapids History & Special Collections Department
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Grand Rapids Public Library photograph collection