WZZM13 - Pentwater Landmark On Fire

WZZM13 - Pentwater Landmark On Fire

There are 78 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from May 21, 2007, titled WZZM13 - Pentwater Landmark On Fire. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

A Landmark in Pentwater is on fire at this hour. Fire officials tell WZZM 13 that the Nickerson Inn caught fire around 6:30 a.m. We have a crew on the way to the scene and will have more information as soon as ...

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Sara Beyer

Montague, MI

#1 May 21, 2007
What a terible thing to happen to the Inn. It has always been a very beautiful landmark. We spent prom dinner there in 1997. It will be very sad not to see it there anymore!

Marcellus, NY

#2 May 21, 2007
Please pay attention to ad placement on the website. They tend to obscure the text and photos of the articles. The ad by FoxKia has no way to close it either. Very poor taste.
Jean Nicholson

Custer, MI

#3 May 21, 2007
This is a very sad day for Pentwater. To watch this beautiful part of history burning down was very emotional. Thank God no one was hurt.

Riverside, CA

#4 May 21, 2007
22 parcels of land, including the present sight of the Inn. The Nickerson's built the cottage at the foot of the hill in 1913

Expect these errors in newspapers, surprised to find them on your website.

No apostrophe in Nickersons - not contraction nor possessive, merely plural

Sight s/b site

Sorry to be critical but these errors esp bother me when made by the media.

Grand Rapids, MI

#5 May 21, 2007
I awoke to the sounds of sirens this morning.
My step-son's a volunteer firefighter and said that the Nickerson Inn was on fire. He dashed out the door to go and help. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. The community pulled together to help and Hart and Ludington firefighters came as well.


Alex Mross

Scottsmoor, FL

#6 May 21, 2007
My aunt and uncle own the inn, and i have stayed here many times. Many of my greatest memories as a child took place at both the inn and the house down at the bottom of the hill. It is such a shame that a landmark like this, not only historical and a important part of my childhood, is now gone.

Big Rapids, MI

#7 May 21, 2007
Not very much coverage on the fire...just the history. I hope no one was hurt in the fire, do they know what caused it, etc.
Nice to have the history but would be nice to know everyone is ok too. It looks like it was still in use.

Utica, MI

#8 May 21, 2007
Could someone update on cottages and homes
surrounding the nick? Did fire spread?
Anyone with Info please respond!!

Grand Rapids, MI

#9 May 21, 2007
I heard not too long ago that nobody was injured. Infact, nobody was there when the fire started. The fire did not spread to other nearby homes or cottages. Sadly to say The Nickerson Inn is no more.

Jenison, MI

#10 May 21, 2007
It didn't look like any surrounding cottages or homes were damaged. The firefighters are still on scene.
This is so very sad for the Shiparski's and for Pentwater. Our thoughts are with Harry, Gretchen and family.
Nathan and Molly Fillmore

Syracuse, NY

#11 May 21, 2007
This past weekend was my wife's 30th birthday. We oringally planned to visit only for the evening with friends in the Bay area of Pentwater. For whatever reason last minute we desided to stay the the night at the old Historical Nickerson Inn. We loved it! Beautiful views of Lake Michigan with history surrounding us.

I just received a phone call this morning.... This wonderful landmark full of history was being destroyed by fire. My wife and I along with another couple were possibly the last guests to enjoy one nights stay at the Nickerson Inn. Our simpathy is passed along.

Nathan and Molly
Beth B from Sparta

Watertown, WI

#12 May 21, 2007
My husband took me to the Nickerson as a surprise a few years ago. The food was fabulous and we had a great weekend stay. We had just talked about going back up this fall to enjoy the quiet, scenic area once again. Being from Ludington, I'm a sucker for a great lake view!
I really hope the Nickerson can be restored for more to enjoy. My thoughts and prayers are with the owners as they face many tough decisions in the future. I'm glad no one was injured in the fire.
Ben - Shasta Jaehnig

Syracuse, NY

#13 May 21, 2007
My wife and I spent our wedding night (6/15/2002) in the Nickerson Inn. Each year on our anniversery we stay there. We had our reservations to celebrate our 5 year anniversery in a suite. It sad to see such beautiful place burndown. I hope they rebuild.
Linda Block


#14 May 21, 2007
My husband and I were married at the Nickerson Inn in 1999 in a small, intimate ceremony and reception with family and friends. Our cherished memories of this beautiful Inn the friendly staff will be etched forever in our hearts. Our hearts go out to the owners at this very sad time.
Linda & Bruce Block
Ben and Jennifer Yerkie

Syracuse, NY

#15 May 21, 2007
My husband and I got married Sept. 9,2000 and we spent our wedding night at Nickerson Inn. In the lake view suite. It was so pretty and the hospitality was great. We went back there on our first anniversary. We are so glad that we took a ton of pictures. We are very sad that we may never be able to go back there again.
Lost all in Mississippi

Niles, MI

#16 May 21, 2007
RED CROSS DISASTER RELIEF,$100,000 VAN, eating dounuts!I Guess thats where the money went.
Marianne Wohlert

New Orleans, LA

#17 May 21, 2007
We own a home in Pentwater and just got the news here in Florida. We used to stay at the Inn when we were children back in the 60s -- I have so many good memories of running down the front hill, staying in the old rooms and it was always special to eat in the dining room. This is very sad. I hope they rebuild!

Fremont, MI

#18 May 21, 2007
We are so saddened to hear the news about the Nickerson Inn catching on fire. Because we are not from Western Michigan, we do not have family in the area. Therefore we spent many holiday dinners at the Nickerson Inn. We loved the warm, welcoming atmosphere and always felt that we among family when there.

We often talk about it is small world in which we live and this proved to be very true on our first visit to the Inn. My husband, who flew for Gerber Products Company for twenty years, thought he recognized the man standing behind the buffet serving the main course. After introducing himself, my husband learned it was Harry Shiparski, who worked at Gerber in the International Division. Harry had flown with my husband on several occasions. The Shiparski's were warm and hospitable people and made us feel very welcome each time we visited their Inn. Our hearts go out to them as they deal with the loss of their wonderful Nickerson Inn.

In closing, I would like to share one more story. One visit to the Nickerson Inn will always be my favorite. My family was aware of how much I loved to go to the Inn.
On Mother's Day 2002 they surprised me by taking me to the Inn for dinner. They made sure that we were seated in the lovely sun porch area, as they knew this was my favorite setting at the Nickerson Inn. I loved the scenery and watching the squirrels that visited the feeders located in the trees. After dinner my family presented me with a lovely card and present. As I opened my Mother's Day card and beautiful Mother's locket, I was moved to tears. I became aware that the area around us had become very quiet and looked up to see that we had become the center of attention. Although I did not do it, I wanted to explain to the onlookers that this was a very special Mother's Day. Our oldest child had recently graduated from college, and I knew she would soon be moving on to begin a new chapter in her life. On that day I was very conscious of the fact that when children leave home, it is often hard to get the family together on special days. My thoughts and feelings that day were more prophetic than I realized. Mother's Day of 2002 was our last visit to the Nickerson Inn.
Ryan and Jennifer Knapp


#19 May 21, 2007
My Husband and I along with some good friends of ours headed up to Pentwater this past weekend. We were really looking forward to each others company, visiting friends in the area, and just take in the peacefulness of Pentwater.
In celebrating our friends birthday, they had the wonderful idea of staying the night at the Nickerson Inn. As it goes, it just so happened my good friend from high school worked as a waitress there. In knowing this she had always talked so fondly of the inn we where all greatly excited to stay.
At the Nickerson Inn we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Now knowing we where one of the last guests to stay breaks our hearts, the history there was amazing. Our hearts and thoughts go out to each and everyone who was and is involved.

Ryan and Jennifer Knapp
B Jack VanderWall

Muskegon, MI

#20 May 21, 2007
Since the 1950's our family was summer residents in Pentwater where our cottage was located around the corner from the Nickerson Inn. During the 1960's as a teenager I occasionally worked at the Inn as a dishwasher. Today, I lost some of my childhood memories.It's sad

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