pickle-barrel-shaped house in Grand Marais, MI
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Pickle-Barrel House

Grand Marais, Michigan

This larger-than-life pickle barrel, which recently underwent a $50,000 restoration, was originally built in 1926 by the Pioneer Cooperage Company as a summer home for cartoonist William Donahey. Donahey, the creator of the Chicago Tribune's popular "Teenie Weenie" cartoon strip, also drew advertisements for pickle-peddlers Reid-Murdock & Co., who sold their product in a much smaller version of the barrel you see here. The Grand Marais Historical Society acquired the property in December 2003, and it was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places shortly thereafter. It's currently open to the public.
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