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From Capital Gains Media:  Just a little more than 17 miles from Michigan's state capitol building a small town teems with big city plans.

Situated at the edge of Lansing and other metro areas, Eaton Rapids boasts a history shaped by rivers. Grist, lumber and woolen mills lined the riverbanks and powered the economy, while artesian wells and mineral baths made Eaton Rapids the "Saratoga of the West" for wealthy health seekers in the 1800s.

Water continues to define the character of this 3.5-square mile city that is home to about 5,200 people. The downtown district itself is an island, encircled by the Grand and Springbrook rivers and accessible by several bridges. And while riverfront commerce in the "Island City" ebbed in the mid-to-late 1900s, the tide is shifting as 21st century civic leaders see the value of shoreline business.

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