Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Photo Number 831

This is another photo of Mike’s Place.  I purchased it at the first antique shop in Dorset Minnesota.
Glacier three Dorset 1
It must have been taken under a bridge or something.
Glacier three Dorset 1 back
I searched to find some info about Mike’s Place. 

I found that prairiemary wrote about it.

“In the middle of the highway through town is a huge hall that has served many purposes over the years: dance hall, skating rink, museum, two outstanding restaurants (one a cafeteria and one serving fine meals in the evenings only), and even a dwelling. In the Twenties “Mike’s Place” was a jumping dance hall. “
You can read more about East Glacier at prairiemarys!


When I asked her if I could use what she wrote about Mike’s Place she wrote back.
“Sure, I'm pleased to have you add this info to your blog.

The information I got (aside from eating in the restaurant still on that location, though it has changed hands) came from "A Woman's Way West: In and Around Glacier National Park from 1925 to 1990" by John Fraley. Big Mountain Publishing, 1998.”

That is all the information I was able to obtain about Mike’s Place. Perhaps some of my readers will have some more information to add.

Thanks for stopping by, do come again:)

Update from Iggy:
in a book titled, "Glacier's historic hotels & chalets: view with a room" By Ray Djuff, Chris Morrison, Louis F. Hill it says, "Mike's Place was figuratively and literally 'across the tracks' from Glacier Park Station and the hotel."

Glacier Park was opened by the Great Northern Railway to promote tourism (and use of the railroad). The tracks go over this bridge and the stairs on the left go up to the train station.





I also read there that Mike's Place was named for Mike Shannon.  Mike's Place burned down in a 1924 fire and was quickly rebuilt.
Mike's Place was a meeting place for Hotel Staff, cowboys from The Park Saddle and Horse Company, drivers and mechanics from The Glacier Park Transportation Company, railroad employees and "dudes" .

3 comments:

  1. in a book titled, "Glacier's historic hotels & chalets: view with a room" By Ray Djuff, Chris Morrison, Louis F. Hill it says, "Mike's Place was figuratively and literally 'across the tracks' from Glacier Park Station and the hotel."

    Glacier Park was opened by the Great Northern Railway to promote tourism (and use of the railroad). The tracks go over this bridge and the stairs on the left go up to the train station.

    Excuse the ugly link:
    http://books.google.com/books?id=wHiktoSpfWIC&lpg=PA37&ots=QtyNOVohWQ&dq=Glacier%20Park%22%20%22mike's%20place%22&pg=PA37#v=onepage&q=Glacier%20Park%22%20%22mike's%20place%22&f=false

    There is a neat picture of the place with old cars.

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  2. I read prairiemary and what a cold place and I get upset here when the wind blows at 20 to 40. Living there is not for the faint of heart.

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