This stone pyramid has all of Michigan’s counties engraved on it
There is a stone pyramid on ancient US-31 just north of Kewadin at the southern end of County Antrim that seems to baffle people. The pyramid, or cairn, looks small from the video, but it’s actually 12 square feet at the base and 16 feet high, so it’s pretty big, especially when driving down the road. I dug a bit into this unique pyramid that has stones all over it and each county in Michigan is carved on its own stone. Pretty sweet isn’t it?
The cairn was consecrated in honor of Hugh J. Gray on June 28, 1938, for, among other things, the creation of the West Michigan Tourist Association. The stone also has a bronze plaque bearing the likeness of Mr. Gray and the following inscription, “Hugh J. Gray – Dean of Michigan Tourism Business.“But it’s what’s inside that is really special and that ties it all together …
Inside the monument is a sealed crypt containing resort booklets and brochures from every section of the state and various Michigan newspapers containing stories about the dedication and articles about Mr. Gray’s promotional efforts. The cairn is located approximately at the 45th parallel. The cairn was a major road attraction during its early years, but its popularity waned after 1955, when the US-31 was routed more directly north of Elk Rapids. The former US-31 was renamed Cairn Highway in honor of the monument.
This monument is not far from Cross the city, Charlevoix or Petoskey so if you are coming from that area or planning to travel there for vacation this would be a really cool roadside attraction to check out. Speaking of roadside attractions, this UP sculpture is perhaps the strangest I have ever seen …
Colorized images of the beginning of Kalamazoo that will blow your mind