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Potawatomi Tower Repairs In Holding Pattern


The repair of the 75-foot observation tower at Potawatomi State Park is in a holding pattern until park officials can locate the right tree.

The tower's been closed since last July after a large crack was discovered in one of the main support beams.

To fix it, Potawatomi State Park Superintendent Don McKinnon says they need to find a living white oak large enough to yield an 8-by-8 inch, 22-foot long beam. McKinnon says that's been a problem.

McKinnon says they may have a lead on a possible tree in Indiana.

But he says loggers have to work with forestry officials on cutting schedules, so just because a tree is found doesn't necessarily mean it can be immediately chopped down.

"So we have to just abide by what their schedule is," says McKinnon.

Assuming they track down a suitable tree, McKinnon says there's the matter of finding a place to cut that big of a beam. And then kiln-drying it.

But once that's done, McKinnon says they do have a contractor ready to put the new beam into place.

The tower was built in 1932. McKinnon says this will be its first major repair.


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