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  • Writer's pictureKurt J. Kolka

Coopers Ville U.S.A. offers old-fashion outdoor fun for Cowboy/Cowgirl fans for FREE!

Updated: May 2, 2020

LEWISTON -- One of the lesser known jewels in the Grayling and Lewiston area is

Coopers Ville U.S.A., located halfway between the two towns.

Coopers Ville is a TV and movie Western-style town created by Spike Cooper, a man

who loves old westerns and especially John Wayne westerns.

“My only motive in creating this place is for people to just have fun!” says Spike.

Constructed out of recycled and donated materials by volunteers, Coopers Ville U.S.A.

is a chance for people to escape their everyday routines, to soak in nature and let their

imaginations return them to the thrilling days of the movie and television westerns of


The faux western town features much of what a cowboy fan might expect of such a place. There is a trading post, livery, blacksmith’s shop, cafe, school house, stage coach, post office, cemetery, undertaker, courthouse, jail with gallows and much more!

Once a year, on Labor Day weekend, Coopers Ville offers some live western fun. Various cowboy and cowgirl impersonators put on a live western show and sign autographs for guests.

Coopers Ville is open every day from spring through the fall. Take North Down River Road (Miller Road) east from Grayling to just inside Oscoda County. Turn left onto Fire Tower Road and go

just one mile. Coopers Ville is on the left.

Admission is free; donations are welcomed.

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