John A. Lau immigrated from Germany to Alpena where he and his wife Agnes opened a saloon in the late 1800’s. Lumberjacks and sailors would stop by the saloon in the “Old Town” district of Alpena, I imagine back then it was the “New Town” part of Alpena. For years the couple ran the saloon, then in 1913, Agnes died. There is no record of how she died, but rumors have said she died in childbirth some said she had Tuberculosis and there is a myth that she died in a boating accident near Saginaw. Regardless of how she died, it is believed her spirit still resides in the old historic saloon. A woman’s ghost wearing a Victorian style dress has been seen climbing the stairs. Workers in the bar said she has been known to tip over trays and playing pranks in the cellar by moving objects around or dropping things on the floor. If you’re in Alpena, and you want a place to get a drink stop by the historic John A. Lau Saloon and you may see a spirit while your drinking you’re spirits.
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