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Before climbing the stairs, notice that in back of you, on the edge of the river, entrance pictured right, is the Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Museum. This author has enjoyed it very much. when you get to the top you have this view. Back in the 40's you would have seen the Big Pavilion situated on the river, just to right of the tree.
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Mount Baldhead
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This is a huge sand dune covered with trees, in Saugatuck, Michigan.
The best place to see the sand is to climb the steps on its east side. It rises from 560 ft. above sea level to 800 ft or 240 feet. The stair way has 282, 10 inch high steps with several rest levels.
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This author has climbed these stairs many times, back in the 40's and 50's. His school held picnics here. When he got to the top, he had to jump down a couple feet. This was because the sand had been pushed down hill by all of the people who have made it up. They, (we) then ran down through the sand, stumbling over our self's. What great fun it was. Later cables were streatched across the down hill sand trail to stop the flow of sand.
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In 1956 a weather radar tower was built at the top, just to the right of the steps. it was built especially for detection of  water spouts (tornados) coming from the west off the lake. One time a spout split into two tornados.



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We were able to see the Big Pavilion at our High School Picnic gathering in the 1950's

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