The light at the end of the break wall in Alpena was constructed in 1914. It was built out of steel replacing two previous lights that were made from wood and deteriorated in northern Michigan’s harsh climate. It is not really a true lighthouse like other ones in Michigan. It is more a beacon and the keeper lived nearby in a house provided to him. Because of the way it looks with its framework, some people have affectionately called it Sputnik after the Soviet Union satellite.
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