ABOUT Lamont Civic Association
To promote the quality of life in the community by sustaining and promoting the living conditions in the village of Lamont. Activities include decorating the boulevard with Christmas lights, cleaning and maintaining the boulevard and organizing various community social meetings. The association was formed in 1958. The objective then was:
To sustain and improve living conditions in the Village of Lamont.
To protect the natural beauty of the village and promote future projects to maintain and improve its streets and parks.
To cooperate with Church and School groups.
To promote safety programs pertaining to traffic and pedestrian safety, fire prevention, etc.
To organize upkeep of the park.
The Association maintains this philosophy yet today. The Lamont Civic Association has recently been filed as a non-profit charitable organization, and as such all donations made to the Associations will be tax deductible. The Association puts up the Christmas lights and luminaries in the boulevard every winter, maintains the boulevard, puts up flags lining the boulevard in the summer. We also try to sponsor various community socials, historical tour and festivals.
One of Michigan’s prettiest villages began almost by accident when, in 1833, two brothers, Henry and Zine Steele, headed by boat from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven, stopped to rest at a welcoming bend on the Grand River. They never completed their journey. Their picturesque stopping place, rolling hills, fertile fields, large stands of trees, and home to the Ottawa and Pottawanimi tribes, was what they were looking for. Friends and family back home in New York State soon joined them and by 1835, Steele’s Landing—later named Lamont—had become a well-populated, thriving community. At first accessible only by boats on the Grand River or horseback along the old Grand River Trail, by 1855 the village had become a regular steamboat and stagecoach stop, with two hotels, three general stores, hardware, furniture, and shoe stores, a tannery, a blacksmith shop, a grist mill, and a button factory. Although its glory days are history, the little town on the hill above the bend in the river has lost none of the attributes that brought those pioneers to settle here. Quiet and pretty as ever, Lamont on the Grand remains one of Michigan’s most charming villages.