Cedar Rapids is highlighted by colorful characters.
The city started from a dubious reputation earned through the activities of the legendary Shepherd gang, notorious horse thieves, that reputation grew in "Little Bohemia" in the southwest part of the city known as today's "Czech Village".
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The point is that the Czechoslovakians were known as Bohemians and started migrating to Cedar Rapids in 1852 for job opportunities gradually packing local plants. Consequently, the southwest sector of the city earned its contemporary name of Czech Village – a symbol of local "Little Bohemia".
Along with immigrants Cedar Point served as a haunt for dissenters like Josef Sosel, the first Czech lawyer. He was deported from America for revolutionary activities and he settled in Cedar Rapids where he greatly contributed to the development of the Czech community.
Josef Sosel wasn't the only to encourage Cedar Rapids' growth, but Grant Wood, the Iowa artist initiated the design of the Memorial Building and today his influence is witnessed throughout the city. As a practitioner of Midwestern regionalism, his sensational artworks became known world-wide.
Cedar Rapids became a sensation at the artist's hands
Along with art, goes a variety of places of interest in the city. Attractions include;
Cedar Rapids History Center traces the history of the city and offers rich historic collections on display
Cedar Rapids Museum of Art houses collections of works by Grant Wood and Marvin Cone
Theatre Cedar Rapids offers live performances
Cedar Rapids Downtown District, a point around which true life in Grand Rapids revolves
Away from fun, Grand Rapids performs an important role in the economy. At the turn of the 20th century another city-native Arthur Collins changed life in Cedar Rapids for the better. He initiated Collins Radio Company and soon won a leading position in the radio business.
Today Cedar Rapids is a center of telecommunications and also makes progress in sports and recreational activities. It won the ranking of the "City of Five Seasons" for its high quality of life that allows for the addition of a fifth season - to enjoy the community and the other four seasons.
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