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The Pickle Barrel House was basically a cottage shaped like a barrel fashioned after the Teenie Weenies cartoon picture, which was about these tiny people who lived in a pickle barrel in a rose bush. The house was built in 1926 for the cartoon?s creator, William Donahey, as a surprise for his wife, Mary Dickerson Donahey. It served as the couple?s summer cabin.

The Pickle Barrel House was built by the Pioneer Cooperage Company of Chicago. It was placed originally in the Grand Sable Lake woods where the Donaheys can do their writing. Being a structure of such a curious design, people actually flocked to the site, and proved to be quite a problem for the writers. This made them move the house from its original location to downtown Grand Marais in 1936.

After the move, the house was acquired by other tenants. It served carious purposes and was not maintained in the right way, so when the Grand Marais Historical Society acquired the property, they had to restore it extensively. In 2005, the Pickle Barrel House opened as a museum showing the Donaheys? life in the cottage during the 1920s and 30s.
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