Alpena Light

Alpena Light

While the Alpena Light may not be a typical lighthouse, it does meet the criteria to be called one. Located at the mouth of the Thunder Bay River, the 80-foot skeletal tower is best viewed from the transient docks at the City of Alpena’s Marina. Called "Sputnik" (resembles the Russian space satellite) and "Little Red" by locals, it is said this oft dismissed light is "Long on duty, short on beauty." Believed to be the only lighthouse of this type in the U.S., the station was built of wood in 1877, rebuilt of wood in 1888 and finally constructed of steel in 1914. An automated active aid to navigation, the Alpena Light originally housed a Fourth Order Fresnel lens.

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Alpena, MI 49707

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Alpena Weather

Now
CLOUDY
33°F
CLOUDY, humidity 91%, barometer 30.05,
wind 0 mph CLM
Friday
Clouds yielding to sun
59°F | 43°F
Clouds yielding to sun
Saturday
Increasingly windy with variable clouds
60°F | 41°F
Increasingly windy with variable clouds
Sunday
Sunny to partly cloudy, windy and cooler
52°F | 34°F
Sunny to partly cloudy, windy and cooler
Monday
Cloudy with a touch of rain
56°F | 47°F
Cloudy with a touch of rain
Tuesday
Mostly cloudy, showers around; warmer
66°F | 43°F
Mostly cloudy, showers around; warmer

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