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Atlas Obscura A Mausoleum To An Impractical Idea

There’s no shortage of legends surrounding Uncle Harvey’s Mausoleum in Lake Superior. Some stories allege it was a bunker or an ice house, and a persistent tale claims it once housed an illegal casino during Prohibition. A historical marker placed by the local tourism authority offers a more pragmatic stance: “The true story is the unromantic but intriguing account of an impractical idea.”

The concrete structure 30 feet away from the Duluth shore looks like an upturned house jutting out of out of the lake. It’s often used by nesting birds, and in the summer visitors swim out to sunbathe on it or dive from the top. Also called “the cribs”, it is the foundation of an unloading dock built by a local businessman Harvey Whitney in 1919.

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