The Sturgeon Bay Historical Society is not ready to accept the DNR’s decision to dismantle the Potawatomi State Park Tower. The organization is holding an informational meeting Tuesday night with hopes to encourage the DNR that the 87-year old structure is something that can be supported and saved. SBHS President Christie Weber says the presentation will be by structural engineer Dr. Dan Tingley who was commissioned by the SBHS to look into the feasibility of saving the 75-foot wood tower.
The informational meeting will be held at 6 pm at the Door County Community Foundation on Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) closed the tower in 2017 and had a USDA analysis done by experts earlier this year that confirmed there was “significant decay” of the Potawatomi State Park tower. The DNR agreed to have engineers look at that report and Dr. Tingley’s report to ultimately decide if the tower can be repaired or be replaced.