Oct 01-01

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2001: October: Oct 01-01
Mt. Shasta    ...scroll down to share comments
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By Babs, GR MI on Monday, October 1, 2001 - 09:37 pm:

What a welcoming place.

By dl on Monday, October 1, 2001 - 10:36 pm:

Parts of Robert Traver's (John Voelker) movie "Anatomy of a Murder" were filmed in this very restaurant in the late 50's. Autographed photos of Jimmy Stewart, Otto Preminger, Eve Arden, Ben Gazarra and Lee Remick are still hanging on the walls of the restaurant. Speaking of anatomy...have you seen our "Anatomy of a Pasty" poster available on our Pasty Softwear pages?

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By Sam, Alabama on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 04:32 am:

I used to come out here from Ishpeming on Friday Nights to eat the Walleye, Yummmmmm !!!!!

By Carol on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 09:05 am:

Please, where is this place located? It may be a couple years before I get back to the UP but I want to go here! We're usually at Culhane Lake in the eastern UP during the first week of October. I'm missing it terribly this year!

By Mike, New Berlin WI on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 09:22 am:

I can't tell you the number of times I have stopped at this place in Michigamme while travaling from Negaunee to my parents place in Three Lakes. Now we have a camp in Three Lakes and still go the the Mt. Shasta. I remember the filming of Anatomy of a Murder. Made for an exciting summer.

By Pie Eye on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 02:49 pm:

Jimmy Stewart and Duke Ellington both tickled the ivories in this humble establishment back in 1959 and the last time I ate there I could have sworn I heard a ghostly duet of "Jack the Bear".

By Nancy Nelson, WI on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 07:10 pm:

What a treat to see that Mt. Shasta is still in business. Back in the Middle Ages (50's) when I had braces on my teeth (5th grade in Houghton)the nearest orthodontist was in Iron Mountain. After what was a long drive in those days, my father stopped many times at Mt. Shasta for some chicken noodle soup 'cause the teeth hurt so from the tightening. In those days they also had a Mynah bird with quite a vocabulary. For a couple of years while I was in college, I worked at Presbytery point,and again, Mt. Shasta was a destination on days off. I think that the next trip I take to Houghton, I will take that route and see if they still have great soup!

By Nancy Nelson, WI on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 07:52 pm:

Reading about Anatomy of a Murder--somewhere between Marquette and Big Bay is another area that was in the movie, and on my husband's parent's property.

By Lin SE mich on Tuesday, October 2, 2001 - 08:31 pm:

I remember talking to that mynah bird- I don't remember it ever saying anything back. Since I'm now grown, I look back and figured it was my folks giving us kids something to do after being cooped up in the car all day to get to the CC. So glad its still there--Mt. Shasta that is, not the bird.

By Larry Doyle, Grand Ledge, MI on Wednesday, October 3, 2001 - 05:26 am:

Is anyone aware of any links with additional information about the making of "Anatomy of a Murder"?

By D. D. Skytta - TX on Thursday, October 4, 2001 - 04:23 pm:

Best fried lake trout in the world! Tell Earl to return to the old portion sizes.

By Chad, Lake Linden, MI on Thursday, October 4, 2001 - 06:48 pm:

"Anatomy of a Murder" is one of my favorite movies. I have visited most places where it was filmed, including Mt. Shasta. Check out this link, titled "When Hollywood came to the UP"


By Jim, stuck on Long Island on Friday, October 5, 2001 - 06:06 am:

I remember the Shasta as a very nice place with plenty of local charm, some good dishes and a great view out the front windows. Anatomy of a Murder, in my opinion, was a very good book, shot in a great location, which became an okay movie. It runs a bit long and could benefit from a tighter re-editing. Itís not up to the courtroom drama caliber of, say, "To Kill a Mockingbird." Its sexual overtones make it a bit too naughty for the kids. But rent the video and you decide.

I did a quick "Google" search, and here are some links related to the film it found:









By Marge Roberts in Cincinnati on Friday, October 5, 2001 - 12:29 pm:

The mynah's name was Oscar. My baby bro used to walk up to the cage so he could say, "Hello, Woscar!"

By Cammy Patterson TX on Saturday, October 6, 2001 - 10:22 am:

My parents are both from Michagamme, and have taken me to the UP since I was a little girl. This summer I will FINALLY have the pleasure of taking my kids to the UP. Our first stop (after Phillomina) will be to MT. Shasta. My great-grandmother's house was accross the road from Mt. Shasta, so when you see the exteriors of the lodge in "Antomy" the light across the street is her house. By the way my dad "D.D.Skytta" loves the fish but my favorite was the buttered mushrooms. My whole adult life I have searched for the equal and have found none!!!

By yoop on Sunday, October 7, 2001 - 06:38 am:

if you want to see some good stuff about anatomy of a murder get yourself up to the lumberjack tavern in Big Bay. (north of mqt if you didnt know)

By Alanna, MN on Wednesday, October 10, 2001 - 09:40 pm:

My grandparents live about 20 min. away from Mt. Shasta. We've eaten there many times. I LOVE the food. It's great! I also liked Anatomy of a Murder.

By Dick Deranian on Monday, February 25, 2002 - 06:41 pm:

Does anyone know where I can get the facts of the 1952 Lumberjack Tavern murder case? I am a leader for a film/book discussion group and our next selection is Anatomy of a Murder. Any help would be gratefully received.

By Dave Kuhn, Wisconsin on Wednesday, March 13, 2002 - 07:13 pm:

Stopped at the Mt. Shasta early one morning for breakfast. Only person there, except for a woman cleaning the bar, and a voice constantly asking "Want to buy a drink Big Boy?" Didn't sound like the barmaid, but the only thing else there was this crow in a cage. I walked over, felt stupid, finally said "Did you say something?" Dead silence. Felt more stupid, turned away. Voice rang out, "Birds don't talk." Great place. Each summer cars would park along 41 for years afterward.

By Nancy.. Illinois on Thursday, March 21, 2002 - 02:10 pm:

Mt. Shasta went bankrupt!! Earl didn't make it!!

By Jill Ramirez, IL on Sunday, February 6, 2005 - 06:08 pm:

As the granddaughter of the original owners, Maurice and Norma Ball, I am happy to say that the lodge is reopened and with it's old charm!My grandmother is now living in Marquette, but much of the extended family is still in the UP. It is a relief to see that the new owners respect what they have bought and fortunately understand the UP way of life. Having grown up in Chicago, I have been treated to many tales of my mother (Cookie Ball) growing up in Michigamme.I can remember many a Friday night fish fry and running in the kitchen while I was much younger.

By Mike, MI on Saturday, April 30, 2005 - 08:16 am:

I had lunch at the Mt. Shasta lodge and had to come back for dinner. The food is excellent, like the way I remember it when the Ball family owned it. I happened to run into Norma Ball, while having lunch, and relived the old memories of the lodge and that funny Mynah bird that they had. The new owner has the place looking great, just the way I remember it. I can't wait until "camp" this year; definitely gonna have to stop and have a Ben Gazarra steak sandwich; now all they need is to bring back the Friday night fish fry.

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