Legs Inn - Cross Village MI

Address: 6425 N Lake Shore Dr
City: Cross Village
State: MI
Zip: 49723
County: Emmet
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Inscription from the Historical Marker:

The Legs Inn, named for the stove legs that trim the roofline, is one of Michigan's most exuberant and unusual landmarks. The building reflects Stanley Smolak's creativity and the craftsmanship of local Odawa (Ottawa) Indians. A Polish immigrant, Smolak came to the United States in 1912 and settled in Cross Village in 1921. During the 1930s Smolak enlisted the labor of Odawa and other area residents to construct the inn from locally gathered timber and stones. A self-trained artist, Smolak used tree roots, limbs and driftwood to carve fantastical creatures into the furniture and decorative objects used in the inn. He called the carvings "nature's oddities." Until his death in 1968 at age 81, Smolak continued his creative work at the inn, which had become a social center for the community.

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