Spikehorn, The Bear Whisperer

Meet Spikehorn. Spikehorn was probably Michigan’s most eccentric character of all-time. The guy was totally nuts.

1. This is Spikehorn.

Harrison, Michigan’s most colorful character was John “Spikehorn” Meyers, known to thousands of Michigan residents simply as Spikehorn.

Spikehorn was a showman, naturalist, politician, coal miner, tile manufacturer, furniture builder, inventor, realtor, bear hunter, lumberjack, and above all, individualist.

4. This was his Bear & Deer Park.

According to neighbors, Spikehorn’s interest in the woods and buckskins developed around 1930 when he opened his Bear and Deer Park.

Spikehorn and his friend, Red Eagle, dressed in buckskins for tourists and treated them to tales of their adventures in the woods.

He enjoyed feeding his pets sweets, popcorn, and pop.

He loved posing with his deer and bears for cameras.

His enemies were the Conservation Officers, as indicated by the sign in front of his business: “Feed Conservation Officers to the Bear.”

His enemies were the Conservation Officers, as indicated by the sign in front of his business: “Feed Conservation Officers to the Bear.”

Via Flickr: upnorthmemories

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