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Alpena City Hall [Historic Sites], 208 N. First Avenue, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-4158

Alpena County Courthouse [Historic Site], 720 Chisholm Street, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989)356-0930. An imposing Art Deco public building, probably the first public building constructed of poured Portland cement material in Alpena. Built in 1935. Architect William H. Kuni of Detroit designed the structure. The Portland cement was prepared from locally quarried limestone. The courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places

City of Alpena Heritage Riverwalk [Walking Tour], 208 N. First Ave., Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 354-2196.  This historically-oriented walking tour along the Thunder Bay River in downtown Alpena begins at South Riverfront Park (behind the Armory on Water Street), following the river north, crossing over the Ninth Avenue Bridge, then following the river south and ending at South Riverfront Park. The walk includes newly constructed boardwalk as well as integrating a portion of the city’s 13.5 mile Bi-Path. The overall objective of the River Walk is to demonstrate the importance of Lake Huron and the Thunder Bay River in the development of Alpena and its unique maritime culture. The River Walk is being developed in stages, but a good portion of the walk has been laid out and is worthy of a stroll. After visiting South Riverfront Park, where new interpretive signs have been installed, cross Second Avenue to connect with the existing Bi-Path. Follow to Island Mill Park and LaMarre Park, ending at Water Tower Park after crossing the Ninth Avenue Bridge. Continue to North Riverfront park down Oldfield to Pine to Fletcher Street, passing the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center and the Fletcher Street Brewing Company. Cross Second Avenue to North Riverfront Park. You will be across the river from where you began. Walk across the Second Avenue Bridge to return.

St. Bernard Catholic Church [Historic Sites], 322 West Chisholm, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989)  354-2676

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary/Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center [Marine Sanctuary, Museum], 500 W. Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 356-8805. The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary preserves a national treasure, nearly 200 historic shipwrecks in and around the bay. You can explore history and archaeology of these wrecks at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, the sanctuary's 20,000 square riverfront headquarters. With exhibits on Great Lakes maritime history and shipwrecks, NOAA's Science on a Sphere exhibit, a sanctuary store, state of the art education spaces, high-definition theater and archaeological conservation lab, the admission-free center is a great destination and the best place to begin exploring Thunder Bay.

Treaty of Saginaw Marker of 1819 [Historic Site], Michigan Historic Marker, Roadside Park, Alpena Avenue, Alpena, MI 49707, Phone: (989) 373-3559. The Thunder Bay River Boundary of the Cession of 1819 was the last Michigan treaty to be negotiated in the state. It ceded important area of Michigan from the Chippewa, Ottawa and Potawatomi tribes to the United States. Six million acres with the Thunder Bay River as the northern boundary. The plaque on the second avenue bridge identifies this boundary. The treaty was significant in establishing areas for white settlers and in the use of the Michigan baseline as a standard in surveying.


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