After the settlers first established a channel that connected the Black Lake to Lake Michigan so that they can have shipping run on the Great Lakes they began to chop lumber. The abundance of trees in the area allowed the town to gain some early wealth by exporting lumber to places like Chicago which didn’t have as many trees left. The town also established a one acre town square to be used as a market place. This is where townspeople could come to exchange goods and sell of their crops. This town square is still around in Holland today known as Centennial Park and is used for holiday concerts and town meetings during the summer.