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Turnip Rock: 1900

Turnip Rock: 1900

Lake Huron circa 1900. "The Thumbnail & Turnip Rock, Pointe aux Barques, Michigan." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Concrete Collar

As for the base, according to Wikipedia: "A concrete collar has been built around the base of Turnip Rock at the waterline to retard further undercutting." And that sure looks like a man-made addition to me.

As for the legend of a shiplike appearance, I would suggest that Turnip Rock would only look like a ship if viewed from land. From out in the lake, it would probably completely blend in with the background until one sailed very closely to it.

Maybe So

But that 'base' does look quite regular and man-made with those square sides and even edges

Lower lake level

No stabilizing base has been added. Until recently the levels of the Great Lakes have been quite low the past few years. Note that the triangular rock at the base of the formation to the left in the recent photo is underwater in the old photo.

Fact or legend?

A previous generation of mast-tall trees may have given a ship-like appearance to the rock as LaSalle's men approached in the first European vessel on the upper lakes, Le Griffon, in 1679. Hence the name, Pointe aux Barques.


Did 'Turnip Rock' acquire a stabilizing base? The 'now' picture does seem to show an added base from the 1900 picture. Nice trees, perfect spot for a really private picnic with few ants.

114 years

They grew some

They grew some.

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