Tracks lead to the collapsed elevator that once would raise the track bed the deck of the railroad ferry Chief Wawatam. The elevator collapsed Wednesday morning, August 3, a victim of age and rotting timbers. The City of St. Ignace has been developing a park that recognizes the history of the site. Just one day before the collapse, these railroad tracks were laid as an added park feature. “I hate to see this,” said Mayor Paul Grondin of the collapse of the structure. “This still is going to be a fantastic park when it’s done and it would have been nice to have the uprights in place. It’s a fixture of St. Ignace history and it’s something that living here, we always have been accustomed to seeing, day in, day out.” 1p7.jpg

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