This Michigan Town is Home to a Crazy World Record
When most people think of Michigan, they think the Great Lakes, the mitten, lighthouses and the Upper Peninsula. And why wouldn't you? These are some of Michigan's biggest draws. It's no different than people thinking of deserts and the Grand Canyon when talking about Arizona.
But did you know Michigan is home to an interesting world record?
And no, it's not the largest freshwater system in the world (although we have that one). And no, it's not the state with the most lighthouses (although we have that one, too).
Which World Record is Hiding in Michigan?
First, you are going to have to make your way to the small town of Montague. A town of less than 3 square miles, and a population of less than 2,500 people, located on White Lake, which connects with Lake Michigan in Muskegon County.
But it is not the small town, or its small population, that holds the record. The World Record sits in Ellenwood Park. And you can't miss it, because Montague's Ellenwood Park is home to the world's largest working weathervane.
According to Only in Your State, this epic industrial feat stands 48 ft. tall and weighs nearly two tons. It acts as sort of a time capsule, as each part is a nod to a different era. Its top arrow (which is an incredible 26 ft. long) showcases the Ella Ellenwood, a lumber schooner that delivered timber from Montague to Chicago and Milwaukee way back in 1869 until it eventually ran aground in 1901. The structure itself is a bit more modern, hand-forged from steel and aluminum and donated by Whitehall Metal Studios in 1984.
Will You Be Visiting This Michigan World Record?
This massive structure in Montague is so popular that it's home to the Weathervane Inn, a modest lakeside hotel with balconies, whirlpool tubs, and cozy fireplaces right outside the monument.
So, if you find yourself driving up the coast of Lake Michigan on U.S. 31, make it a point to stop in and check out a world record. And, if the weathervane itself doesn't blow you away, the wind that's moving it might.