Photo Friday: Historic observation tower in Michigan City, Ind.

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The observation tower near Washington Park in Michigan City, Ind. (Photo: Kathleen Stachowski)

These photos of a 77-year-old observation tower in Michigan City, Ind. were taken by Echo reader and Montana resident Kathleen Stachowski last year during warmer times. Growing up in Indiana, she said one of her favorite childhood memories was making the 220-step trek to the top with her mother.

The tower was designed by Fred Ahlgrim in the 1930s, according to Michigan City’s website. The 70-foot-tall Art Deco-inspired building is built of limestone and is located right next to the Washington Park Zoo on the Lake Michigan lakefront.

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A look through the bars from atop the observation tower. (Photo: Kathleen Stachowski)

A look through the bars from atop the observation tower. (Photo: Kathleen Stachowski)