See The Fascinating History of Michigan’s Only Buried Ghost Town
Dozens of ghost towns exist in Michigan dating back to pre-statehood. Many were old mining towns.
Did you know one still "exists," but can't be seen anymore?
Uniquely lost, Singapore, Michigan
Located near Saugatuck on the west side of Michigan, Singapore was a booming lumbering & shipbuilding town founded in 1836.
Someone from the Northeast United States founded the area thinking: "why couldn't this be a port as large and successful as Milwaukee or Chicago?"
The area did boom. It was almost entirely deforested because so much wood was needed to rebuild communities lost to fires in the late 1800s.
Why couldn't Singapore exist with fewer trees?
Without trees, winds off Lake Michigan caused erosion. Singapore, Michigan was buried by a couple of sand dunes.
People have found the tops of houses and artifacts from that era including tools, building materials and everyday household items.
Not every building was lost. When the Kalamazoo River froze over, people used giant logs to slide a few houses and a bank to Saugatuck before the sand could cover them.
You can see the Singapore Bank Building on Butler Street in Saugatuck -- it's now a gallery/bookstore near Saugatuck Village Hall.
A couple of the houses still exist, too.
Maureen Hayes told WZZM-TV in 2019 about the house she purchased at 333 Lucy Street in 2011. The historic commission was there when they closed on the property to say ask: "Do you realize you have a Singapore house?"
They did... and have gone to great lengths to preserve it.
Visitors might see the old Dugout Road if they're walking around the dunes near the Kalamazoo River just north of Downtown Saugatuck.
It was the main drag into and out of Singapore.
Now, it's an overgrown trail you can follow to the sandy history of a buried Michigan city.
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