Steel Sturgeon.

32-Foot-Long Steel Sturgeon

Field review by the editors.

Onaway, Michigan

Made of quarter-inch-thick plate steel with an iridescent sheen, this whopper weighs nearly four tons and gives credibility to Onaway's claim to be the Sturgeon Capital of Michigan. It was sculpted by Tom Moran of Moran Iron Works, with help from the students of Onaway's Industrial Arts Institute. It debuted in Onaway's July 4th parade in 2017. Tom then bought an abandoned downtown gas station, bulldozed the buildings, and set the fish in the vacant lot.

Steel Sturgeon.

Onaway is known for its annual mid-winter sturgeon hunt, where the big fish are speared through the ice on Black Lake. Tom did not make a monster-size spear to accompany his giant sturgeon, but told us that he's always open to new ideas for future projects.

Also see: Welded Wonders: Big Art of Tom Moran

32-Foot-Long Steel Sturgeon

Address:
20692 State St., Onaway, MI
Directions:
Downtown. On the northeast corner of M-68/State St. and M-211/Main St.
Hours:
Lit at night.
RA Rates:
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