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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One response to “Vintage Playground Animals – Michigan’s Finest

  1. Amy

    I wish they could have repaired these sculptures! I loved playing on the boot, castle, whale, and hippo when I was little. These were icons of Tawas and have so many great memories.

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