Underground Forest
Michael Kiluk

Waterford, MI

#1 Aug 29, 2008
Does anyone know or remember what the "Underground Forest" was? A museum or tourist site of some kind. I have seen a postcard of it-a rather unique building on Old 27 just north of town. It's a private residence now (I think). I would appreciate a posting with some information about it.
Thanks.
tomsroad

Gaylord, MI

#2 Sep 2, 2008
Are you talking about a white structure, on a small hill, right side as going toward Gaylord?

If so, my husband has said it was the original location of Call of the Wild, now in Gaylord.

Hope this helps.
Michael Kiluk

Waterford, MI

#3 Sep 2, 2008
tomsroad wrote:
Are you talking about a white structure, on a small hill, right side as going toward Gaylord?
If so, my husband has said it was the original location of Call of the Wild, now in Gaylord.
Hope this helps.
Yes, I think that's it. Thanks for your reply!

Mike (Blue Lakes Area)
tomsroad

Gaylord, MI

#4 Sep 3, 2008
Mike, glad to help.

Now you have me curious. Maybe someone can fill us in on more of the history.
Rachel

Livonia, MI

#5 Dec 13, 2008
My 94 yr old grandparents passed away recently, and I was just given a rather strange collectable that has a label on the bottom that reads: "Underground Forest, 3 miles north of Frederick Michigan" It is an odd little teacup set made out of some type of nut- walnuts maybe? I Googled the name of the place and only came up with a few postcard listings myself. The postcards seem to show some sort of trailer-type home built in to the side of a hill that backs to a forest.
That's all I know for now!
Rachel

Livonia, MI

#6 Dec 13, 2008
Just found a little bit more info.
if you cut and paste the following address:

http://flickr.com/photos/22195069 @N03/2196461410/
Matt

Medina, OH

#7 Jun 29, 2009
can you repost the link for Flickr? I can't find the pix. I just visited this place over the weekend and am curious as heck on its history.
JMM

Chino, CA

#8 Jul 25, 2010
I have a postcard for the Underground Forest and it says it is a manmade cavern, built into the side of a wooded hill, featuring more than fifty lifelike displays of Michigan Wildlife. The location is 75 miles south of the Mackinac Bridge, on Highway 27, three miles north of Frederic, Michigan.

“Go Lions!”

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#9 Jul 27, 2010
I've been in Gaylord for awhile now and have traveled by that house many times for work. I was always told that it was the orginal home of Call of the Wild. I would be very interested in knowing more about the "Underground Forest".
John

Adrian, MI

#10 Dec 22, 2010
Just yesterday I scanned about 19 slides taken by my dad in 1961 of various Underground Forest displays. I was age 8 at the time and remember it as being a rather dark, cave-like environment -- at least where the taxidermy dioramas were set up. All the stuffed animals and birds were behind glass. I do not have any recollection of the souvenir shop.

If anyone is interested, I could try posting some of the photos.
Longtime resident

Alba, MI

#11 Dec 27, 2010
yes, that used to be the old "Call the Wild" years ago. For more information call the Current "Call the wild" in Gaylord.
DES

Noblesville, IN

#12 Feb 13, 2011
I also scanned in a slide my Grandfather took of the Underground Forest Museum around 1959. Does anybody know the exact address?

Thanks
john dostal

AOL

#13 Sep 12, 2011
Michael Kiluk wrote:
Does anyone know or remember what the "Underground Forest" was? A museum or tourist site of some kind. I have seen a postcard of it-a rather unique building on Old 27 just north of town. It's a private residence now (I think). I would appreciate a posting with some information about it.
Thanks.
Mike fifty years ago on the 16 th of this month my wife and i spent our honeymoon there in the underground forest,it was a structure built in the side of a hill that housed many glass display cases showing all forms of stuffed wild life. intresting but we thought the wild life was going to be live,hope this helps. john
Lynne Fernandez

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 Nov 28, 2011
The Underground Forest was not far from Greyling, Michigan. It was a touristy place I went to as a child. Built into the side of a hill it held cases of taxidery animals in natural habitat scenes. The gift shop was mostly the typical slices of wood with Love to Mom and Dad type stuff and stuffed animals and small cedar wood keepsake boxes. Fascinating place to a child.
peimar

Altamonte Springs, FL

#15 Jan 21, 2012
My family is from Frederic MI, they have been there for about 85 years now. My Mom worked at the Underground Forest when she was a teenager. She told me that she didn't work there for long because the place gave her the creeps. She described it as being similar to a dingy underground dungeon with all kinds of hidden tunnels that were closed off to the public. There were rooms where they kept the dead animals that were not on public display, and there were areas that the owners would not let the employees venture into. Years later she knew the local family that purchased the property, their plans were to convert it into an underground house, but after staying there for about a month they decided to leave. They said that all of the hidden doorways and tunnels scared them. They also claimed to have found a door in the floor that had a ladder which led down into a large underground bunker with concrete enforced walls. Sounds like it could have been designed as a bomb shelter of some sort.
ED YOUNG

Akron, OH

#16 Jun 7, 2012
I JUST BOUGHT A BEAUTIFUL FLOWER PLATE.. WITH A RAISED FLOWER AND MORE HANDPAINTED FLOWERS AROUND THE RAISED FLOWER. ON THE BACK IT READS UNDERGROUND FOREST, FREDERIC MICH. VERY NICE PLATE. CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHEN THIS PLACE CLOSED AND WHEN IT OPENED, IT WILL HELP ME KNOW HOW OLD THIS PLATE MIGHT BE. THANKS ED
Resident

Grayling, MI

#17 Nov 29, 2012
CHarder

Owosso, MI

#18 Apr 1, 2013
Underground Forest opened in 1957 just north of Frederic, MI and was closed after the 1964 season when the museum of stuffed taxidermy animals was moved to Gaylord and reopened as the Call of the Wild. The move was due to old US-27 becoming a secondary route to I-75.
I also recall a zoo of live animals at Frederic during about the same time period. Does anyone remember this zoo and what it was called?
Lady K

Orlando, FL

#19 Oct 31, 2013
does anyone have any more information.. i am fascinated with the underground forest , & all i seem to find is that it was a underground taxidermy.. if you have anymore information on the real reason it closed i would greatly apppreciate it. It was a big tourist attraction so its hard to believe they closed down because of a reroute to I-75.. You can email me @ [email protected] if you dont want to post it on here.. Thanks .
Lady K

Orlando, FL

#20 Oct 31, 2013
peimar wrote:
My family is from Frederic MI, they have been there for about 85 years now. My Mom worked at the Underground Forest when she was a teenager. She told me that she didn't work there for long because the place gave her the creeps. She described it as being similar to a dingy underground dungeon with all kinds of hidden tunnels that were closed off to the public. There were rooms where they kept the dead animals that were not on public display, and there were areas that the owners would not let the employees venture into. Years later she knew the local family that purchased the property, their plans were to convert it into an underground house, but after staying there for about a month they decided to leave. They said that all of the hidden doorways and tunnels scared them. They also claimed to have found a door in the floor that had a ladder which led down into a large underground bunker with concrete enforced walls. Sounds like it could have been designed as a bomb shelter of some sort.
-Does she know anything else about the undergound forest ? did she ever go into any of the underground rooms? or does she know any storied about what when on down there.. You can email me @ [email protected]

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