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March 9, 2009

Vintage Playground Animals – Michigan’s Finest

I apologize to anyone who was hoping for a post yesterday – I was feeling way, way under the weather and was in no shape to post.  But, I am better today and ready for posting!

Hubs and I decided to take an impromtu road trip on Friday afternoon.  It was gorgeous weather and he had the afternoon off, so we decided to drive up the shoreline of Lake Huron to Tawas City, MI to take a picture of the lighthouses there.  And to stop at some antique stores, as always!

We saw some really cool stuff, but the most fun we had was playing in Gateway Park along the lake, which was filled with vintage playground animals.  So incredibly cute!

Vintage Playground Animals

According to some information I found on the net, these animals were all sculpted out of cement by a Tawas City resident, Gordon Clute, many years ago. Dinosaur Slide Mr. Clute passed away a few years ago, but many of his sculptures are still around Tawas City, including all the little animals at Gateway Park. Clute Animals

The dog you can see painted like Pluto in the background was actually originally supposed to be Clifford, the Big Red Dog.  There was also a whale and a castle in the park until recently, but these were removed because they were safety hazards.

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3 Responses to Vintage Playground Animals – Michigan’s Finest

  1. Katie Reply

    February 9, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Thank you for posting these pictures! I spent my elementary school years in Oscoda in the late 1970’s/ early 80’s and I remember this park. Especially the big dog and the castle that is no longer there – I’m glad at least some of it survives!

  2. Mike Reply

    January 11, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    I used to stop here as a kid and even later after I had children. There use to be a whale that you could stand/climb in and poke your head through the blow hole. The Dog was painted red then and my 5 yr old son loved it and used to say “you got to climb in to Clifford’s butt!” because the top of the slide starts there and you slide down and exit the mouth.

    Great memories for me as a kid and a father!

    • Bev Reply

      January 13, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      Taking you and the kids there was always a treat for me as well. Many good memories in that park. Hope they find some way to preserve the rest of them for future visits.

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