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Grand Marais, Michigan: Pickle Barrel House

Built by a pickle company in 1926 for William Donahey, the creator of the single-panel comic "Teenie-Weenies," whose tiny characters also appeared in advertising for the pickle company.

Main St., Grand Marais, MI
Grand Marais is in the northern portion of the eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Right on the coast of Lake Superior on Highway 77. Corner of Hwy 58 and Main St.
Daily 1-4 July-Aug.; weekends June, Sept. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Pickle Barrel House Museum.

Pickle Barrel House Museum

This unusual barrel-shaped house was the summer home of cartoonist William Donahey [creator of the "Teenie-Weenies"]. It has been restored to look as it did in the 1920s. It's like being inside a dollhouse! And kids love the Teenie-Weenie hunt in the museum and garden.

[Cathy Egerer, 01/16/2015]

Pickle Barrel House.

Pickle Barrel House

Small house shaped like a pickle barrel. It was being refurbished at the time I visited.

[Alan Culley, 07/04/2014]

The Pickle Barrel House was built in 1926 by a pickle company for a cartoonist who plugged the company's pickles in his newspaper comic.

Pickle Barrel House

We saw it today... and it is so cute. The inside is done well. The town is tiny but nice. A campground overlooks the lake and the people were very friendly. Interesting place to say I have been to.

[cameron, 06/23/2011]
Pickle Barrel House

A 16-foot-tall, two story pickle barrel stands in this summer resort town, built in 1926 as a summer cottage for cartoonist William Donahey, who was the creator of the single-panel comic "Teenie-Weenies." The barrel house was paid for by a pickle company, whose pickles William Donahey would plug, via the Teenie Weenies, in his comic. A smaller barrel in the back served as a kitchen. The barrel fell into disrepair after Donahey's death, but it was restored as a tourist attraction by civic-minded locals in 2005.

[ Team, 10/31/2005]
Pickle Barrel House

The Grand Marais Pickle Barrel house was built in 1926 for children's book authors/illustrators William and Mary Donahey. The 16-ft. tall barrel still stands, but is in terrible shape. The area historical society has launched a campaign to raise $50,000 for its restoration, and is still in need of donations. they plan to open a museum at the Pickle Barrel.

[Jim G., 07/04/2004]

Nearby Offbeat Places

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In the region:
Indian Head Rock, Miner's Castle, Munising, MI - 33 mi.

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