McCourtie Park is located U.S. 12 in the Irish Hills region just west of Brooklyn. William H. L. McCourtie transformed his 42 acre estate into a one-of-a-kind beauty back when this part of Michigan was considered "up north". A walk through the park will reveal a surprising number of bridges. There are seventeen bridges in this park and no two are alike. While they look like logs or planks or rope, each one is made of cement.
There are two trees made of concrete that
are actually chimneys for an underground heating and boiler
system. That was designed to serve an underground apartment.
The birdhouses were capable of holding 200+ birds and were built to accommodate Purple Martins. Made of cypress and "duraluminum" the birdhouses were anchored in concrete blocks weighing over 15 tons.
In addition to the stream and bridges, there are ponds and rolling green areas to enjoy. The ponds are spring fed and were originally used for trout and for swimming.
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