Inventing the Outdoors

Michigan Iron Industry Museum
73 Forge Road,
Negaunee, MI 49866

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In the 1890s, the "outdoors" was changing from the place where people earned a living and obtained basic needs to a place where they could enjoy leisure and recreation. At the same time, Webster Marble had just ended a 20-year career working in the outdoors and began manufacturing tools for use in the outdoors in a workshop behind his home in Gladstone, Michigan. Marble had a "build it better" attitude-his specialty was taking an existing product and altering it to better serve the consumer. Before long, his products were known around the world, outfitting Teddy Roosevelt's hunting trips, Robert Peary's expeditions and Charles Lindbergh's flights.

Inventing the Outdoors takes you into Webster Marble's world, where the utility of tools merged with the enjoyment of recreation, and both were propelled by innovations in marketing.

Admission is free of charge, although donations are gratefully accepted.

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum-part of the Michigan History Museum System-is located eight miles west of Marquette. Read more Michigan Iron Industry Museum visitor information.

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Updated 10/10/2016

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