Grand Rapids, Michigan: Abstract Monument to Fluoridation

Honors Grand Rapids as the first city in the world that fluoridated its drinking water.

Marriott Hotel

Address:
Pearl St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI
Directions:
Along the riverwalk between Pearl and Fulton Sts, on the east bank of the Grand River, at the end of Louis Campau Promenade, at the entrance to the 24-floor Marriott Hotel. Directly across the river from the Van Andel Museum.
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Fluoride Monument

The story about the tooth may be an urban legend, but there is an island in the Grand River, between the present monument and the museum. It has been called "the tooth" locally, and some people did think that it was the monument to fluoridation, possibly because it was in the right area and was much more visible than the old monument. The island was actually a base for a power line long ago.

[Dan, 10/13/2007]
New Fluoride Monument Has Less Bite

We always liked the Fluoride Monument in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It reminded us of a ragged set of teeth, it was covered with upbeat pro-fluoride propaganda (and the names of lots of donors), and it had a built-in drinking fountain.... [09/22/2007] Complete News Story

First City With Fluoridated Water Memorial

A six-pillar, white marble monument commemorates Grand Rapids as the first city in the world which fluoridated its drinking water.

[Guy, 03/11/2005]

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