Root Beer Lady by pshootermike

Canvas Prints

Available to buy on…

This was in the Cabin of the Root Beer Lady,
she used to live in what is now the “Boundry Waters
Canoe Area” she lived about 800 ft from Canada
and would make root beer from the lake water and her own recipe.
I think it was about fifteen miles and about 6 or 8 portages by canoe to the nearest town.
in the later years she was so well known that she had to limit the root beers one could buy.
she would cut ice in the winter and store it in her ice house and it would usually last until sometime in august.
she lived in the wilderness for 56 years and was 80yrs at her death.
Dorothy’s homestead was dismantled in 1987 and transported by dogsled and snowmobile to Moose Lake, and then on to Ely,Mn.
Thats where I took this photo.
Her life story is very interesting, her name was Dorthy Molter, and you can read her story here.

Taken with a Sony Alpha 200 & Tamron 28-300 lens


  • DaveHrusecky
    DaveHruseckyover 4 years ago

    Great photo and wonderful story as well.

  • Thanks Dave for you comment, i appreciate it……that lady was truly
    a rare lady, a true pioneer.

    – pshootermike

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 4 years ago

    cool work :)

  • thank you spectrumcry, your comment is much appreciated

    – pshootermike

  • swaby
    swabyover 4 years ago

    A women after my own heart, Im a big Root Beer drinker! Great story and wonderful capture! Goes well with the story!

  • thank you swaby, she sure was a rare one that’s for sure.

    – pshootermike

  • Sally Winter
    Sally Winterover 4 years ago

    Great image – lovely story.

  • thank you Sally much appreciated.

    – pshootermike

  • wiscbackroadz
    wiscbackroadzover 4 years ago

    WOW Mike this is an excellent capture buddy! Right to my faves!

  • thanks much Dennis and thanks for Faving it.

    – pshootermike

  • Kim  Calvert
    Kim Calvertabout 4 years ago

    Mike, I love everything in this shot!!! Old nostalgic things like this always catch my eye..wonderful shot.

  • Kim, thank you so much, i consider it an honor when you comment on my pictures…..thanks for Faving it also.

    – pshootermike

  • Judith Hayes
    Judith Hayesover 3 years ago


  • thank you for featuring my photo…i consider it a real compliment and i am honored.

    – pshootermike

  • RickDavis
    RickDavisover 3 years ago

    This photo and your story of her are excellent,,,,Rick

  • thank you Rick..that means a great deal to me.

    – pshootermike

  • KBritt
    KBrittover 3 years ago

    Thanks for the photo – and especially for sharing the story, it is fascinating and inspiring!

  • Thank you for your comment….I appreciate it very much.

    – pshootermike

  • lynell
    lynellover 3 years ago

    What an excellent photo, and wonderful story. I think theres a book there to write.. :) Did you ever get to try to rootbeer she made?

  • Thank you Lynell for your comment i very much appreciate it.
    No, regretfully i never got a chance to have her Root Beer, my brother in law
    however had it many times and said their was nothing like it after having canoed and portaged through the boundry waters and then come up on this island in the middle of The Wilderness and have something like rootbeer at your disposible…..said he’s never tasted store boughten that even came close to it…..she made it from lake water and her own recipe.

    – pshootermike

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait

10%off for joining

the Redbubble mailing list

Receive exclusive deals and awesome artist news and content right to your inbox. Free for your convenience.