The End of the World’s Largest Stove

Listen to the most recent short episode of WDET’s podcast The Beginning of the End.


Michigan State Fair

You might recognize this massive stove. Maybe you grew up going to the Michigan State Fair or took your kids there. Or maybe you drove down Jefferson on your way to Belle Isle back in the day.

The World’s Largest Stove has a long history, with many homes. But after over a century of life, this attraction came to an unfortunate end just five years ago.

Explore the life and death of the World’s Largest Stove by clicking through the timeline below. And be sure to listen to this latest episode of the Beginning of the End by either clicking on the player above or downloading it on your podcast app.


Laura Herberg

When the stove was over 70 years old, a team of movers from Don Cartage Moving Co. spent 9 hours moving it to the Michigan State Fair Grounds. 

Royce Richards was the company’s president and his wife Kathy worked along side him. They remember the move and the giant spectacle it created as the 25-foot-wide, 15-ton mammoth Garland lumbered around street corners to its destination. 

They shared the photos below with us.



Beginning of the End Season 2 Update!

Hey folks!

We’ve got a full roster of wild beginnings and endings lined up for Season 2. From coming out to that person you’re most anxious about telling, to stealing a plane to get your family out of Vietnam.

Season 2 of The Beginning of the End is slated to be released in November.

So keep your ears tuned and keep sending us story ideas!  Tell us the gist of your story by recording yourself using the voice memo app on your phone and email it to

In the meantime, while you’re road tripping this summer, you can binge listen to all of Season 1 on iTunes, Stitcher or however you get your poopcasts.

See you in the fall.

– AT


  • Wielding media powers for good, Shelby produces stories for The Beginning of the End and CuriosiD.

  • Laura Herberg is a Reporter for 101.9 WDET, telling the stories about people inhabiting the Detroit region and the issues that affect us here.