NorthShore Completes Exhaustive Studies

“Because of funding provided by NorthShore of Saugatuck, we now have a much more comprehensive understanding of what Singapore was, what it wasn’t, and where it was located. There are very few archaeology sites of this early age that have been investigated in southern Michigan. The results will help people have a better understanding of early Michigan history, especially as it pertains to one the state’s earliest industries: lumber.”

Matthew P. Purtill, MA, MA Geoarchaeologist – Archaeologist II
Ball State University

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NorthShore of Saugatuck

NorthShore of Saugatuck is unique in its diverse characteristics due in no small part to two centuries of various ownerships and private use. Once heavily wooded by native pine, some 1000 acres that welcomed the Great Lake was clear-cut in the mid-1800’s to meet the lumber demand created by the Chicago and Holland, Michigan fire. Winds off Lake Michigan soon pushed the unprotected sand inland, covering among other things, the villages of Fishtown, Shriver’s Bend and Singapore, as well as the mouth to the old harbor. In 1905, a new channel was dug to aid harbor traffic, defining what is now part of the southern boundary of the NorthShore of Saugatuck. In more recent times, Broward Marine built yachts near the channel.


Living in Harmony with the Lakeshore


of the integrity, natural vegetation and habitat


of dunes, foliage and indigenous wildlife areas


of a treasured ecosystem for all to enjoy in their respective manner


Of living along the world’s largest body of freshwater


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