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Eagle Tower Deconstruction - Peninsula State Park

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  • Eagle Tower with Horshoe Island in the distance##Eagle Tower, at 75-feet tall and rising 250 feet above Lake Michigan, was built in 1932. It replaced the original tower built on Eagle Bluff in 1914. Photo © Door County Visitor Bureau
  • Eagle Tower##On Sept. 19 work crews took down Eagle Tower. The tower had been closed since May 2015 due to safety concerns. Photo © Door County Visitor Bureau
  • Rigging the tower##Deconstruction of the tower began in the morning with crews securing and rigging the tower with the installation of a 145-foot crane and two smaller boom cranes. Photo Credit: Paul Holtan
  • Removing the top tier##The tower was taken down in sections. The top tier was removed first. Photo Credit: Paul Holtan
  • Removing the top flight of stairs##Following removal of the top flight of stairs, the large support poles were removed. Photo Credit: Paul Holtan
  • Removing second section##Next, the second decking section was lifted off the tower and then the second flight of stairs. Photo Credit: Paul Holtan
  • Removing third section##The third section was then removed and placed on the ground. Photo Credit: Paul Holtan
  • Removing last flight of stairs##The last flight of stairs was taken down, temporarily leaving the four main support poles. Photo Credit: Paul Holtan
  • Removing final pole##At the end of the day, the final pole was removed. The different sections will be further dismantled and then all the wood will be inspected by the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory to determine what can be reused. Photo Credit: Paul Holtan
  • View of Eagle Tower with Ephraim in the background##Efforts are underway to rebuild the tower. The Friends of Peninsula State Park [exit DNR] and community members are raising funds for the tower's reconstruction. The new tower will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, current construction codes, and take into consideration new construction technologies. Photo © Door County Visitor Bureau

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Last Revised: March 16, 2015

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