‘Michigan’s Pompeii’: How the small town of Singapore was forgotten beneath the sand

SAUGATUCK, Mich. — The rolling dunes on the northern bank of the Kalamazoo River near Lake Michigan hold a secret. A small town once stood on the riverbank, where the river bends before ending its journey at the lake. For several decades in the mid-1800s, the village of Singapore was a humming lumber and shipbuilding hub. Residents and sawmill workers processed the plentiful white pine trees of western Michigan, then loaded them onto schooners for Chicago and Milwaukee. The founders of Singapore had big dreams. They envisioned their town, then located north of present-day Saugatuck on the sout...


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