|Alpena Harbor, MI|
Description: A wooden lighthouse was built at the entrance of the Thunder Bay River in Alpena in 1877. In July of 1888, this original tower fell victim to a fire started in a nearby sawmill. By October of that year, a replacement wooden tower had been built. This structure served for several decades until it deteriorated and was replaced in 1914 by the current steel skeletal tower, which stands thirty-eight feet high and originally housed a fourth-order Fresnel lens. In 1974, the light was automated, and the Fresnel lens was replaced with a modern beacon around 1987. The lens is currently located at the Grand Traverse Lighthouse.
In June of 2011, Alpena Harbor Lighthouse was declared excess to the needs of the United States Coast Guard and made available to eligible organizations under the provisions of the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act of 2000. Qualified entities were given sixty days to submit a letter of interest. If no suitable organization is found, the lighthouse will be sold at auction.
Located in the harbor in Alpena. The lighthouse is owned by the Coast Guard. Tower closed.
The lighthouse is owned by the Coast Guard. Tower closed.
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