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Piece of Bay City history is mistakenly destroyed

The guard shack. The guard shack.
Another photo of the guard shack. Another photo of the guard shack.

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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