The Old Alpena Lighthouse before it was redesigned.
ALPENA BREAKWALL LIGHT
Year Station Established: 1877
Existing Historic Tower: Yes
Previous Tower(s): N/A, Destroyed
Modern Tower? NO
Existing Sound Signal Building? No
Existing Keepers Quarters? None, Destroyed
Other Structures: None
Current Use: Active aid to navigation.
Owner/Manager: US Coast Guard
Open to the Public? No
Non-NPS Web Site:None
National Register Status: NONE Reference # 0
An old postcard view from the water of the old lighthouse.
A colored postcard showing the new Sputnik style design.
A photograph of the light on the concrete crib.
The light as it stands today.
This bright red, steel frame structure has been nicknamed "Sputnik" by the people of this northern Michigan City. Resembling the Russian space satellite, it is believed to be the only lighthouse of this type in the United States. The current structure is believed to be the 3rd lighthouse in the area, following two others built during the 1800ís. Two styles are pictured here and the original one may have been only a post lantern type of warning light.