Muskegon is a port of entry and industrial center. It is located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Muskegon River, 35 miles northwest of Grand Rapids. Industries include automobile parts and engines, machinery, wire, and bowling and billiard supplies. The seat of Muskegon County, it was settled as a trading post in 1810 and incorporated in 1869.
The main downtown street was once Western Avenue. In the 1970s, much of the street was closed off and covered over to create the Muskegon Mall. The mall failed in the 1990s and was demolished in 2004. Western Avenue was rebuilt as a landscaped boulevard and is gradually being rebuilt with new infill developments.