The statue of 'Old "Ish" the Native American, was erected here in Ishpeming, Michigan in 1884 by the local mining company, as part of an array of drinking fountains -- one for humans, one for horses, and one for dogs. The iron statue -- representing an Ojibwe brave, was originally painted black. Today it is brightly colored, like a plastic model.
Old Ish is flanked by two oversized chairs -- newer additions -- and a public photo opportunity. The chairs are decorated with white and blue paint -- one chair is labeled "Isa" and the other "Aiti."
- The statue is just down the road from the World's Largest Working Chainsaw. The Upper Peninsula is a weird place.