Monday, February 15, 2016

The Big Heat

Michigan - World's Largest Stove, Detroit

Notes: I don't have any sender information on this card because I actually traded for it at a Postcrossing meetup in Grand Rapids, Michigan a few years ago.  This stove was actually created to represent Michigan at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.  It was 35 feet high (or 25 feet according to some websites), 30 feet long, and 20 feet wide.  After the fair, it was on the property of a stove company until 1965, when it was moved to the Michigan State Fairgrounds.  It was removed in 1974 because it was not in very good shop, but it was restored and once again went on display in 1998.  Ironically, it was destroyed in August, 2011 by...fire!  This stove was actually made out of wood, not metal, and it is believed that it was hit by lighting.  

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