The Marne ZIP code 49435 serves areas in southern and eastern Wright Township, as well as areas of central Tallmadge Township to the south and small areas of Alpine Township to the east in Kent County.
Marne is located at off exit 23 on Interstate 96, just northwest of Grand Rapids. The community was originally named Berlin because of the many German settlers. It received a post office in 1852 and was platted in 1857. Due to anti-German sentiments during World War I, the name was changed in 1919 to Marne, to honor those soldiers who fought in the Second Battle of the Marne. However, the name Berlin continues to manifest in many ways, including Berlin Baptist Church, the Berlin Fairgrounds, Berlin Fair Drive and the Berlin Raceway, where Johnny Benson raced.
Marne (at the time Berlin) also served as a stop on the historic Grand Rapids, Grand Haven & Muskegon interurban railroad. The depot still remains to this day.
Marne is located in Wright Township, Ottawa County, Michigan on 16th Ave between the township line (Hayes Street) and Interstate 96. It is located on the former Grand Trunk Western Railway line from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven, today operated by the Coopersville & Marne, a tourist railroad. As Wikipedia notes, it also had a station on the electric interurban line from Grand Rapids to Muskegon of the Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, and Muskegon.