PORT HURON, Mich. — The boyhood house of Thomas Edison and a honeymoon spotlight for Bess and Harry Truman has a brand new cause that is placing it on the map: a large pineapple.
A wood pineapple sculpture is now listed on Google Maps as “Port Huron Pineapple Statue” as a vacationer attraction.
It was sculpted out of a damaged pink pine tree that was knocked down throughout a winter storm in December 2020, mentioned proprietor Don Cole. Solely a part of the tree snapped off in entrance of his house, forsaking a damaged trunk that Cole didn’t know what to do with at first.
After doing a little analysis on the web, he discovered a chainsaw artist from New Baltimore named Scott Kuefler and reached out to him.
“I did some extra investigation and selected the pineapple as a result of it’s the common signal of welcome and hospitality,” Cole mentioned. “I assumed ‘effectively that may be an acceptable factor to do,’ particularly with what everybody has been going by means of with regard to the COVID and the lockdowns and issues of that nature.”
The pineapple statue is about 10 toes tall and 3½ toes broad, mentioned Cole.
Now guests and folks all through the town confer with it as “the pineapple home.”
“Somebody put it on Fb,” Cole mentioned. “There is a Port Huron, Michigan, web page, and it acquired over 1,600 likes and a bunch of feedback. I have never had any destructive feedback, and children actually get pleasure from it.”
Cole didn’t anticipate the pineapple to get this a lot consideration, however he would not thoughts it.
“I am not house on a regular basis however when I’m, it appears as if after I look out the window … individuals will cease and take pictures of it,” he mentioned. “Somebody will stand by and take an image of it or of the individual, so they do not hassle me in any respect. It is sort of enjoyable to see that.”
Cole lives alone. He has youngsters and grandchildren who dwell in Denver and haven’t seen the pineapple in individual but as a consequence of COVID-19, he mentioned. They’ve plans to come back out this summer season now that lockdown restrictions are lifting.
Port Huron Metropolis Supervisor James Freed lives down the road and has heard nothing however good issues in regards to the pineapple sculpture, as effectively.
“I feel everybody thinks it is great,” Freed mentioned. “We have heard loads of constructive feedback, it is very distinctive and funky. … I prefer it, my pals prefer it. Youngsters will drive by for years to come back and know that that is ‘The Pineapple Home’.”
Freed thinks the sculpture can be a pleasant factor for individuals to go to after they go to Lakeside Seaside in Port Huron.
“They cannot miss it,” he mentioned.
Cole mentioned he simply needed to protect one thing that has been invaluable to him for a very long time.
“I assumed ‘why destroy one thing that I’ve loved for therefore a few years? why not flip it into one thing that perhaps many, many individuals can get pleasure from?'” Cole mentioned. “And so long as it places a smile on somebody’s face, the entire thing was price it.”
This text initially appeared on Detroit Free Press: Port Huron Pineapple Statue: Michigan attraction is on Google Maps