Restored to a semblance of its former glory, the Pickle Barrel House—now a museum—awaits the arrival of the painting crew.
courtesy Grand Marais Historical Society Restored to a semblance of its former glory, the Pickle Barrel House—now a museum—awaits the arrival of the painting crew.

William Donahey was a Chicago illustrator and cartoonist best known for the long-running comic strip “The Teenie Weenies,” which chronicled the adventures of a community of 2-inch people, some of whom lived in a discarded pickle barrel under a rosebush.

In 1926, in a case of life imitating art, Donahey commissioned the Pioneer Cooperage Co. to build an enormous barrel on Grand Sable Lake in the Upper Peninsula for use as a summer cabin. The 16-foot container was shipped to the site as a pile of staves and iron tension bands, where it was assembled by workers from the company. The lower half was...

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