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Bay City historic landmark mistakenly destroyed


The last standing remnant of a company that historians say helped establish Bay City has been torn down in a construction mishap.


Last week, a contractor mistakenly took down a 20-foot-tall guard tower that once stood at the entrance to the former Industrial Brownhoist complex. Preservationists say the structure likely was more than 100 years old.


Crews are working on a new development project at the site.


The person responsible says he feels badly about it.


Steve Birnbaum is the president of American Excavation, a Saginaw-based construction company serving as a contractor at the Uptown Bay City site. He says he was operating a 150,000-pound excavation machine while yanking out a nearby fence.


Birnbaum tells MLive.com (


http://bit.ly/XEVbIe


) he wasn't careful and "really stuck" his nose into something he "shouldn't have."

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