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Railroad signal tower gets updated in Grand Rapids

Cory Morse, Associated Press

An iconic railroad tower that has stood in Grand Rapids for more than a century has been revealed to the public after undergoing five months of renovations. 

The renovated tower with a new green-and-white paint job was revealed at a small dedication ceremony Monday.

The 50-foot structure on the city's west side is the only standing tower of its kind left in Michigan. Grandville resident Max Crosby served as a historical consultant during the restoration process. He says the signal tower is the last of many that would've been in the area during the 20th Century.

This tower's foundation was poured in 1890 and was rebuilt sometime in the 1910s. It operated under four different owners until it was retired in 1980.

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