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The township is situated in the southeastern section of Kent County, approximately 10 miles southeast of Grand Rapids. A defining feature of the township is the Thornapple River, which divides the township into east and west halves. The township was originally a part of Ada Township and was separately organized in 1848. Cascade is an unincorporated community within the township, centered upon the intersection of 28th Street and Cascade Road. It consists of a large commercial district along 28th Street and several surrounding bedroom communities. Cascade was initially platted in 1845 by D. S. T. Weller. It had a post office from 1854 until 1910.