Historical Society Hopes to Save Potawatomi Tower

Dr. William Tingley of Wood Research and Development of Jefferson, Oregon will present his findings about the structural viability of the Potawatomi Tower on Tuesday, May 14 in the Peninsula Room of the Door County Community Foundation Building at 222 N. 3rd Avenue in Sturgeon Bay at 6 pm.

The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society commissioned the inspection and report in hopes of demonstrating that saving the Potawatomi Tower is possible – not only to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources but the general public as well. The Tower was closed in April of 2018 due to safety concerns.

The tower affords commanding views of the waters and city of Sturgeon Bay, the mouth of Green Bay and surrounding forests. Built in 1931 as an observation tower for fire watchers, Potawatomi Tower’s use has shifted to delighting all who brave the 75 foot climb to the top.

“The cost of tearing down and disposing of the tower will be of the same magnitude as repairing the worst parts of the degraded zone”, says Dr. Tingley in his report.

For more information contact Christie Weber, president, Sturgeon Bay Historical Society 920.495.3779.