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Ada Sources

Ada Township Ada Historical Society  Books Romig, Walter. Michigan Place Names: The History of the Founding and the Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities. Detroit, Michigan: Wayne State University Press, 1973. Jones, Kathryn A. Amway Forever: The Amazing Inside… (READ MORE)

Founding Ada

Ada was founded in 1836 by Rix Robinson (1792-1875) who was also the village’s first white inhabitant and township supervisor. But Robinson’s first contact in Ada began in 1821 when he took over a trading post located on the Grand… (READ MORE)

Amway in Ada

Amway Corporation was founded and currently headquartered in Ada as a part of the parent company of Alticor also located in Ada. The company was founded in 1959 by Jay Van Andel and Rich DeVos by launching their first product… (READ MORE)

Ada Today

Like most of America, the 1858 introduction of the railroad in Ada helped spur travel, trade, industry, and commuting jobs to Grand Rapids. In 1862 Ada was a thriving community that had a number of local businesses including: a sawmill,… (READ MORE)

Ada Covered Bridge

Since its humble beginnings as a traders stop with Rix Robinson, by the mid 19th century Ada had become an emerging center in the growing West Michigan area. In 1867 an act of legislature allowed Ada Township to borrow $3,000… (READ MORE)

Remembering Ada

Ada, Michigan is located west of Grand Rapids and central Kent County. Ada’s early recorded history goes back as far as the beginning of the 19th century when a young pioneer established a trading post that would soon become Ada… (READ MORE)