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The Yooper Tourist Trap

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Da Yoopers Tourist Trap, Ishpeming, Michigan - Upper Peninsula

"Big Gus" and other Yooper Inventions beckon the traveler along US 41 as it passes by Ishpeming. Beware, for if you do stop this Yooper lure will be an effective trap, capturing you for at least a half an hour as you tour the outdoor Yooper Museum and memorabilia.

Inside are the usual tourist gift shop attractions - shirts, mugs, plaques, postcards, coffee, jam, CD's, candies - and an assortment of gadgets & signs reflecting with the off the side of the road Yooper psyche. There's also a separate Rock Shop that did snare some of my money as I found a great rock hound book for collecting lake superior agates.

Da Yooper Tourist Trap is definitely worth a stop and for anyone unfamiliar with Yooper Mythology, in our opinion a "must see" stop if your travels take you close to Marquette, Michigan. Located on the south side of US Highway 41 about 12 miles west of Marquette, Mi.

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Yooper Lawnmower
< < < Yooper Riding Lawnmower. "This was built and sold by Da Yooperland Grass Cutter Company of Yalmer Mich. The company sold 2 machines and then went out of business . . . ."

Da Yooper Museum
Eino Valdez, a Yooper Coffee Plantation entreprenuer, welcomes visitors to the main gallery of Yooper exhibits. > > >  

Da Yooper Museum
< < < Rudy's Cheap Charter Service. "$5.00 a day + B.Y.O.B."

Da Yooper Museum
Camp Go for Beer. Motto: Never Get a Deer; Never Run out of Beer. Outside left side - another Yooper invention: an All Season Snowmobile. > > >  

Da Yooper Museum
< < < Da 2-Holer. When the time comes to "Go" Yoopers don't like to waste a lot of time. Thus the mother of this Yooper invention.Da Yooper Museum

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a Yooper relaxing in his favorite house. > > >  


Da Yooper Museum
< < < SkiDoo-Hinge. The "V" formation of these old snow machines were found to have religious and cultural significance, marking the site of an early Yooper civilization.Da Yooper Museum

". . . One side of the hinge points in the direction of the Holy Mecca of Lambeau Field in Green Bay and the other side opens towards the Bosch Brewing Company in Houghton, MI." > > >  

Da Yooper Rock Shop
< < < Jo examines the "Finnish Love Seat" outside of the Rock Knockers Rock Shop.

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