Landmark 100-year-old railroad watch tower in Grand Rapids, Michigan taken down for makeover

June 9, 2016

By Jim Harger,

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – After about 100 years of guarding a railroad crossing on Bridge Street NW, a dilapidated wooden shack was gingerly lifted from its 50-foot base and placed on a trailer for a long overdue makeover on Thursday, June 9.Website Insert Development Finance and Management copy

The two-ton shack at the intersection of Seward Avenue NW will be rebuilt, renovated or restored, depending on its condition, according to Charlie Secchia, a principal with SIBSCO LLC, the company that recently purchased the restaurant property on which the tower sits.

The tower, built between 1910 and 1920, stood watch over two railroads whose tracks were ran parallel to each other, remained in operation until sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s. It was used to operate track switches and operate lights that warned motorists on Bridge Street of approaching trains.

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