The Legs Inn
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 his carvings "nature's oddities." Until his death in 1968 at age eighty-one, Smolak continued his creative work at the inn, which had become a social center for the community.
Legs Inn jest jednym z najbardziej orginalnych i niezwykłych zabytków w stanie Michigan. Nazwa pochodzi od białych, żelaznych nóg pieców wmurowanych na froncie dachu. Budynek jest obrazem twórczości Stanisława Smolaka i artystycznego rzemiosła Indian szczepu Odawa (Ottawa).
Erected 2003 by Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan Historical Center. (Marker Number S0612.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
Location. 45° 38.558′ N, 85° 2.204′ W. Marker is in Cross Village, Michigan, in Emmet County. Marker is on Lake Shore Drive north of Brady Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6425 North Lake Shore Drive, Cross Village MI 49723, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Light Houses of Grays Reef Passage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The History of Redpath Memorial Presbyterian Church L'Arbre Croche (approx. 2 miles away); Area Of The Old Council Tree (approx. 2˝ miles away); Middle Village (approx. 7.3 miles away); a different marker also named Middle Village (approx. 7.3 miles away); St. Ignatius Mission (approx. 7.3 miles away); St. Ignatius of Loyola Church and Cemetery (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cross Village.
Also see . . .
1. A history of Legs Inn and Cross Village, Michigan. (Submitted on September 15, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. (Submitted on September 15, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Stanley Smolak at Find A Grave. (Submitted on September 15, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on September 15, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 15, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 183 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 15, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.