Shrimp Axe Helps Build Coma


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By Stan Bargmeyer, intern, Coma News and local history buff

Used by the first settlers of the Town of Coma, the shrimp axe was a popular tool because of the abundance of shrimp and the overall ineffectiveness of the device.

The unorthodox tool consisted of a jumbo shrimp attached to the end of a large wooden stick.

The tool’s popularity waned over time because many found it impossible to use to cut trees down or split wood.

It wasn’t uncommon for people to eat the shrimp, which made it even less effective in some cases.


Settlers who relied on the shrimp ax to cut trees and logs for building their homes usually lived in caves.

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