2012/255: Da Yoopers Tourist Trap
On the day we went to Big Bay Point Lighthouse, we made it back to the hotel early, and because I didn’t want to just sit around all day, I looked through our travel brochures to see if I could find us something to do, and I found Da Yoopers Tourist Trap in nearby Ishpeming, Michigan. Sounded like fun, admission was free, and what’s not to love about a tourist trap? 😉
I apologize for the picture overload…
Loved this oversized chair! Definitely my favorite exhibit. Even made the kids sit in it (as you can clearly see by the excitement on their faces 😉 )
“Bicycle Built For Two Ol’ Farts”
Arnold had a wife that wouldn’t shut up. So he invented this bike so he could share quality time without the constant nag, nag, nag… (built by Arnold Saari)
“Yooper Snow Removal Payloader”
1930 Model A-5 couple body, 1-ton 1931 Model AA Hearse chassis and the lift system is builts from a 1936 Plymouth differential (on the back of the car). The differential on the back of the cat is connected to the transfer case by power take off and two fan belts, which are operated by a shift lever inside the cab. The bucket is held up by a locking manual pump master cylinder, located in the cab of the vehicle. The chain above the door releases the bucket to dump the load. This Coupe has travelled over 100,000 miles and is still running! (built by George and Art Liimatainen, Mass, Michigan)
This vehicle is used by serious hunters. The guy in the front is the “Deer Whistle” and the guy in the back is the “Troller”. He trolls for deer with a pole and a bag of cabbage tied to the end of the line which is dragged through the woods. (built by Percy Olmsted and Billy Langson)
“Camp Go For Beer”
What a cool place – love the outhouse shot.
Thanks for sharing.
11. September, 2012 at 01:22
LOL it was definitely worth going!
11. September, 2012 at 04:43
I am hoping that you were able to purchase one of Da Yoopers music CDs while you were there? I think my favorite song by them will always be Rusty Chevrolet! They are definitely a state treasure!
What a great tourist trap! I am also hoping I didn’t miss a post from The Mystery Spot?
11. September, 2012 at 05:59
LOL nope, we didn’t buy a CD, but I have heard that song before.
You didn’t miss a post from the Mystery Spot because WE missed it. I remember seeing something about it in a brochure, but I’m not sure how close we were to it. Would have been fun, though (and it’s something to do next time we’re in Michigan 🙂 )
11. September, 2012 at 06:13
It is a hoot going to the Mystery Spot because they take it So Seriously. I am afraid that my last couple of visits did not witness my best behavior – yes, I have been there more than a few times! It seems like every time we head North, someone just HAS to see the Mystery Spot again to watch that ball roll uphill and watch the guide stand on a wall! I actually get a bit of vertigo because they have built all of the walls in that place all cattywampus!
Sea Shell City is more fun for me as I have this strange fascination with seashells, even though the Giant Man Eating Clam has been gone for years. And really, what in the world made someone think of putting a sea shell store smack in the Michigan wilderness?
11. September, 2012 at 20:29
That sounds like so much fun!
I’m sure someone with a strange fascination with sea shells thought of putting a sea shell store smack in the middle of Michigan wilderness 😉 I love sea shells, too, btw. 🙂
11. September, 2012 at 20:46
haha, what a fun place! Was Greg happy to be reunited w/ his long last twin??? 😉
11. September, 2012 at 07:12
LOL well he doesn’t look as happy as his twin! 😉
11. September, 2012 at 07:30
I went there and did a blog about it some time…just went searching to you show but couldn’t find it. Bet the girls enjoyed the silliness! (It sounds like you all enjoyed.) So much of it is real Yooper legendary humor.
11. September, 2012 at 18:59
Yes, we all enjoyed it…. I think the girls may have enjoyed the gift shop more, though 😉
11. September, 2012 at 19:19
What a great tourist trap! It looks like tons of fun. 🙂
16. September, 2012 at 14:36
It was 🙂 Thanks Robin!
16. September, 2012 at 16:24