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The Irish Hills - Written by Dan Cherry

As immigration into the newly-christened Michigan state territory reached its peak, a small knot of Irish immigrants, some seeking new life in the United States, others fleeing the ongoing Potato Famine of 1846, called a small portion of northern Lenawee County home. The rolling hills and crystal lakes, it is said, reminded them of their home country and they acquired that tangible reminder of Ireland. Names like Kelly, Killarney, Brighton and Monaghan can be found on modern maps, a tribute to the original area in which they resided; the 1 ½ square-mile area around white is now St. Joseph Shrine.

The Irish Hills, as it became known, was transformed from mostly farms and orchards to a tourist destination by the early 1920’s. In 1924, the Irish Hills Towers were constructed; by 1930 the shrine and the Stations of the Cross became places of popular, quiet reflection. The Irish Hills quickly embodied the entire lake and hills region and to this day is a sought-out place of quiet beauty that the original Irish immigrants found so appealing.

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History of the Irish Hills Towers

The original Irish Hills Tower was built in 1924 by the Michigan Observation Company (MOC). The proposed site for the tower was atop of Brighton Hill. However, at the peak was the property line, and the western portion was owned by Edward Kelley. Mr. Kelley did not want to see the area commercialized. He bitterly opposed the building of the tower that would come right up to the edge of his property line. But the Michigan Observations Company went ahead with the construction of the tower, making it 50 feet high. Mr. Kelley, out of spite, built a tower of his own right next to the MOC tower, only he went 10 feet higher. The original tower then added 14 feet to its tower. Mr. Kelley, not to be outdone, went four feet higher, thus making both towers an even 64 feet high. It might not have stopped there, but the MOC told Mr. Kelley that if he added any more to his tower it would tear down its tower and put up a much higher tower of steel. This Mr. Kelley didn’t want, so an end was put to the raising of two towers.

The two towers were in keen competition (for the tourist trade) until 1944 when Mr. Frank Lamping bought the original Irish Hills tower from the MOC, and in 1955 bought the other tower from a Kelley heir. The existing tops were built and put in place in 1972, joining the towers at the top for the first time. In 1987, an 18-hole miniature golf course was constructed around the base. The rocks used throughout the course came from a local farmer’s field. The top of the towers is 1400 feet above sea level, and makes the towers the highest point in southeastern Michigan. On a clear day one can see for seven miles. Ten lakes can be seen. Each year thousands of people from all over the world would climb to the top to enjoy the scenic view which is so reminiscent of the Killarney Lakes region of Ireland. Even inoperable, the towers will always remain a landmark of the Irish Hills.

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