A timber restoration firm has completed three days of testing and analysis on the Potawatomi State Park Observation Tower. Wood Research and Development of Jefferson, Oregon sent a team of researchers to conduct tests and collect data on the 75-foot tower. Shawn Fairchild, Vice President of the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society Foundation, says the crew conducted thorough testing that will help determine whether the 90-year-old tower can be restored.
The Potawatomi State Park Observation Tower was closed by the Department of Natural Resources in December 2017 because of significant wood decay. The wooden Eagle Bluff Observation Tower at Peninsula State Park in Fish Creek was closed in 2016 for similar issues. It was dismantled and will be rebuilt.
(Photo Courtesy of Christie MacDonald, Sturgeon Bay Historical Society)