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Kaleva in Manistee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Bottle House

 
 
The Bottle House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, July 17, 2020
1. The Bottle House Marker
Inscription.  John J. Makinen, Sr., (1871-1942) Built this house out of over 60,000 pop bottles, most of which came from his business, the Northwestern Bottling Works. The bottles were laid on their sides with the bottom ends to the exterior. A native of Finland, Makinen moved to the area in 1903. He completed the house in 1941 but died before his family moved into it. In 1980, the building was purchased by the Kaleva Historical Society, which renovated it to house the Kaleva Historical Museum.
 
Erected 1983 by Michigan History Division, Department of State. (Marker Number 983.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. In addition, it is included in the Michigan Historical Commission series list.
 
Location. 44° 22.397′ N, 86° 0.558′ W. Marker is in Kaleva, Michigan, in Manistee County. Marker is at the intersection of Wuoksi Avenue and Kaukao Street, on the right when traveling east on Wuoksi Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14551 Wuoksi Ave, Kaleva MI 49645, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other
The Makinen Bottle House image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, July 17, 2020
2. The Makinen Bottle House
markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Portage Lake Region (approx. 9.8 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 9.8 miles away); Paul P. Harris (approx. 9.9 miles away); Harriet Quimby / Childhood Home (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  The Bottle House Museum website. (Submitted on August 4, 2020.)
 
The Bottle House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, July 17, 2020
3. The Bottle House Marker
Typical Bottles Used In The Structure image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, July 17, 2020
4. Typical Bottles Used In The Structure
Typical Bottle Detail image. Click for full size.
By Lugnuts, July 17, 2020
5. Typical Bottle Detail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 4, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 58 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 4, 2020, by Lugnuts of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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