The End of the World’s Largest Stove

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

Kathy and Royce Richards of Don Cartage Moving Co flip through photos of when they transported the stove to the Michigan State fairgrounds.

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 beginningoftheend@wdet.org.

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

Image credit: Sam Misuraca, courtesty of Royce and Cathy Richards

About the Author

Shelby Jouppi

Multimedia Producer

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

shelby.jouppi@wdet.org   Follow @shelbyjouppi

Laura Herberg

Community Reporter

Covers stories about the people inhabiting the metro Detroit region, the issues that affect them, as well as classic public radio “fluff.”

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