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The Mystery of Singapore, Michigan

by deecat

One of the strange happenings in this area has to do with a town that disappeared: Singapore, Michigan. The only evidence of this once thriving town are the sands near the mouth of the Kalamazoo River. It is Michigan's most famous ghost town.

This actual town was founded in the 1830's by New York land speculators. They somehow thought that Singapore would be bigger and better than Milwaukee, Wisconsin, or Chicago, Illinois! Because of its busy lake port and its lumber industry, it was a important town up until 1870. It had 3 mills, 2 hotels, a few general stores, and a bank known as a "Wild-cat" bank.

At that time, Singapore was far bigger and more important than its neighbor, Saugatuck [which was called "The Flats" at that time].

They just kept chopping down the trees, and once the timber was exhausted, then the mills closed and the waterfront had no business. Of course, the people left [most of them moved to Saugatuck].

What happened to the town...it was gradually covered over by the Lake Michigan shifting sands and is part of the dunes today. It effectively became a ghost town. I did a little research and discovered that the only real evidence is a few obsolete bank notes.

The photo is one of the dunes in the area where Sinapore once existed.

Kalamazoo River

by Toughluck

The Kal flows into Saugatauk, from the city of Kalamazoo by way of Allegan. The forest that surrounds it can be flat and wet or steep. There is no road along the river, so you'll have to twist back and forth, crossing it at several locations or spending time in the towns along the way. The Old Bridge site in New Richmond provides river access for fishing. Allegan is surrounded on three sides by the river (impounded as a lake) and it winds through Kalamazoo with parks and nature preserves along parts of it.

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