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ALPENA LIGHT

State: MICHIGAN
Location: NORTH BREAKWATER, THUNDER BAY RIVER / LAKE HURON
Nearest City: ALPENA
County: ALPENA
U.S.C.G. District: 9
Year Station Established: 1875


[photo] Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard, 2005
Existing Historic Tower:
  • Year Light First Lit: 1914
  • Is the Light Operational? YES
  • Date Deactivated: N/A
  • Automated: 1974
  • Foundation Materials: CONCRETE PIERS
  • Construction Materials: STEEL
  • Markings/Patterns: ORIGINALLY BLACK; PAINTED RED IN 1950
  • Shape: PYRIMIDAL
  • Relationship to Other Structures: SEPARATE
  • Tower Height:
  • Original Optic: 4TH ORDER FRESNEL
  • Year Original Lens Installed: 1914
  • Present Optic: VRB-25
  • Year Present Lens Installed: C.1996
  • Height of Focal Plane: 44
  • Fresnel Lens Disposition: UNKNOWN
  • Has tower been moved? NO
Previous Tower(s): YES; FIRST EST IN 1875 AS A POLE LIGHT 25 FT ABOVE LAKE LEVEL & 10 MILES FROM SHORE; AUGUST 1877 A WOODEN PYRIMIDAL TOWER PAINTED BROWN EXHIBITING A 6TH ORDER FRESNEL—BURNED IN JULY 1888;POLE LIGHT EXHIBITED AGAIN IN 1888 WHILE WOODEN TOWER WAS REBUILT

Modern Tower? NO

Existing Sound Signal Building? NO, INTEGRAL TO TOWER
  • Fog Signal Type: 1891, FOG BELL WITH AUTOMATED STRIKING MECHANISM; 1920, ELECTRIC SIREN; 1932, FOG HORN; CURRENT, MODERN AUTOMATED HORN OPERATES MAY TO OCTOBER
Existing Keepers Quarters? NO
  • Year Constructed: 1877
Other Structures: BRICK OIL STORAGE BUILDINGS (1898) - NO LONGER EXTANT

Current Use: ACTIVE AID TO NAVIGATION

Owner/Manager: U.S. COAST GUARD

Open to the Public? NO

National Register Status: LISTED
Name of Listing: ALPENA LIGHT
On State List/Inventory? YES; Year Listed: 2006

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