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
CLEAR
47°F
CLEAR, humidity 89%, barometer 30.17,
wind 3 mph W
Thursday
Partly sunny
68°F | 49°F
Partly sunny
Friday
Mostly cloudy with a couple of t-storms
73°F | 65°F
Mostly cloudy with a couple of t-storms
Saturday
Couple of thunderstorms
77°F | 61°F
Couple of thunderstorms
Sunday
Partly sunny with a couple of showers
74°F | 57°F
Partly sunny with a couple of showers
Monday
A couple of t-storms in the afternoon
78°F | 59°F
A couple of t-storms in the afternoon

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