By Paul Schmitt
The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society President Christie Weber is looking to keep hope alive for saving the Potawatomi State Park observation tower. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources decided that the tower was unsafe and needed to be dismantled after a Forest Product Laboratory report this past February. Weber, who attended the public hearing held this past week in Sturgeon Bay, says she is skeptical that the tower has to come down.
The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society has set up a committee to find architects that will look at other options to restore the existing tower, rather than tearing it down. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources did not return calls as of Thursday afternoon. The 75-foot Potawatomi State Park observation tower was built in 1931 with a life expectancy at the time of 40 to 50 years.