Grand Rapids, Michigan
Type Town
Location Michigan
Sublocations Hero Boy's House, Herpolsheimer's, 11344 Edbrooke Avenue
Inhabitants Hero Boy, Sister Sarah, Hero Boy's Parents, Billy the Lonely Boy
Visitors Conductor, Santa Claus
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Grand Rapids, Michigan is the home town of Hero Boy and Billy the Lonely Boy.

The Polar Express

The Polar Express makes two stops in Grand Rapids, the first at Hero Boy's house and the other at 11344 Edbrooke Avenue, Billy's house, which is also the last stop before the North Pole. The train also passes by Herpolsheimer's sometime between the two stops.

The train makes the same two stops again for the return journey, but it stops at 11344 Edbrooke first this time.

The only time the town's name is mentioned is during the scene in the Communications Room when one of the elves tells another that the last present is going there. Hero Boy expresses a little excitement upon the mention of the name.

Real life

In real life, there is a town called Grand Rapids in Michigan. It is the town where Chris Van Allsburg, the author of the book, grew up when he was a child. The town also had two Herpolsheimer's department stores before both went out of business in 1987, though there never was any street called Edbrooke Avenue. The address is based off of that of Robert Zemeckis' childhood home, which is in Chicago, Illinois.

The film's premiere also took place in Grand Rapids.


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The Journey Flat Top Tunnel Glacier Gulch Ice Lake
North Pole North Pole North Pole Square Communications Room Sorting Room