Introduction to Norton Shores, Michigan
Norton Shores, Michigan, in Muskegon county, is 33 miles NW of Grand Rapids, Michigan and 83 miles E of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The city is part of the Grand Rapids - Muskegon - Holland metropolitan statistical area. About 22,527 people live in Norton Shores.
Norton Shores History
The Potawatomi, Chippewa and Ottawa Indians occupied this area for hundreds of years prior to European exploration. The township of Norton Shores was originally organized in 1845 settlers from the village of Mill Point, which is now called Spring Lake. The community was named in honor of Col. Amos Norton, a Canadian patriot. In 1859, the Norton Shores Township was separated from Ottawa County and annexed to Muskegon County. A number of saw mills and other factories operated in the area in the 19th century. On April 16, 1968, Norton Shores was incorporated as a city.
Norton Shores and nearby Attractions
- Fire Barn Museum
- White River Light Station Museum
- Michigan's Adventure
- Little Black Lake
- Pontaluna Country Club
- P J Hoffmaster State Park
Things To Do In Norton Shores
Travelers interested in learning about the history and culture of the region can visit the Muskegon County Museum, the Great Lakes Naval Memorial & Museum, the Fire Barn Museum or the White River Light Station Museum. These museums have some fascinating exhibits that reveal much about this area and its early inhabitants. The city itself is dotted with lakes and creeks, like the Little Black Lake, Lake Lorraine and Mona Lake. The P J Hoffmaster State Park, the Garst Playground, and Michigan's Adventure offer amusement opportunities for both adults and children.
Norton Shores Transportation
Muskegon County is the nearest major airport
Norton Shores Higher Education
For higher education, one can enroll at the Muskegon Community College. Other institutes nearby are Grand Valley State University and Hope College.