Sam Cohodas Lodge / Sam Cohodas

Registered Site L1728

Sam Cohodas Lodge

This lodge, built for Russian immigrant Sam Cohodas, symbolizes the Upper Peninsula's ethnic diversity. Finnish craftsmen erected this massive lodge in 1934, according to plans by local architect and Swedish immigrant David Anderson. The rustic log lodge is built of materials gathered within a fifteen-mile radius of the site. Cohodas was one of the nation's leading fruit wholesalers. The Sam Cohodas Lodge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.
photo of Sam Cohodas Lodge

Sam Cohodas

In 1903, Sam Cohodas (1895 - 1988) and his family left present day Byelorussia, U.S.S.R., joining his father, who had come to Marinette, Wisconsin in 1900. Like many Jews, the Cohodases fled the eastern European pogroms. Cohodas, his father and brothers worked in an uncle's produce business. In 1915, Sam and his brother Harry began their own retail and wholesale company in Michigan's Copper Country. Under Sam's direction, the business boomed nationally. This lodge, erected in 1934, served as his wilderness camp from 1935 to 1972.

Photo courtesy of Joe Finkbeiner
Erected 1991

Location: County Rd IM south of US-41
Michigamme Township, Marquette County

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Latitude: 46.5264202, Longitude: -88.0037069

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