National Register of Historic Places listings in Alger County, Michigan

The following is a list of Registered Historic Places in Alger County, Michigan.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted November 10, 2011.[1]

[2] Landmark name [3] Image Date listed Location City or town Summary
1 Au Sable Light Station
Au Sable Light Station
01978-05-23May 23, 1978 West of Grand Marais
46°40′22″N 86°08′21″W / 46.672778°N 86.139167°W / 46.672778; -86.139167 (Au Sable Light Station)
Grand Marais The Au Sable Light Station was built in 1874 on Au Sable Point. The tower is a white brick conical tower with a black lantern; a red brick lightkeeper's house stands next door. Bothe were designed by Colonel Orlando Metcalfe Poe. The lighthouse was automated in 1958.
2 Bay Furnace
Bay Furnace
01971-09-30September 30, 1971 Northwest of Christmas off M-28 in Hiawatha National Forest
46°26′27″N 86°42′21″W / 46.440833°N 86.705833°W / 46.440833; -86.705833 (Bay Furnace)
Christmas Bay Furnace was a blast furnace used for smelting iron. The furnace was constructed in 1869-70, and by 1874 was producing 15 tons of pig iron daily. A surrounding town, Onota, sprang up, and was soon home to 500 people. A disatrous fire in 1879 destroyed both the furnace and town; neother were rebuilt. The remains of the furnace were partially reconstructed later, and the site is now a campground.
3 Grand Island Harbor Rear Range Light
Grand Island Harbor Rear Range Light
01990-06-26June 26, 1990 M-28 west of Powell Pt.
46°26′12″N 86°41′28″W / 46.436667°N 86.691111°W / 46.436667; -86.691111 (Grand Island Harbor Rear Range Light)
Christmas The Grand Island Range Lights were lit first in 1868, but by 1914 were in poor repair. The new rear range light was a 64-foot (20 m) tower, the upper half (painted white) of which was part of a tower originally located at the Vidal Shoals near Sault Ste. Marie. The front range light was replaced again in 1968, but both lights were deactivated in 1969.
4 Grand Island North Light Station
Grand Island North Light Station
01985-09-12September 12, 1985 Grand Island
46°33′32″N 86°40′49″W / 46.558889°N 86.680278°W / 46.558889; -86.680278 (Grand Island North Light Station)
Grand Island near Munising Built in 1867 on a 175-foot tall cliff, the Grand Island North Light Station was the second lighthouse constructed at this site. The lighthouse was manned until 1941, and finally decommissioned in 1961. It is currently a privately owned summer home.
5 King Road – Whitefish River Bridge
King Road – Whitefish River Bridge
01999-11-30November 30, 1999 King Rd. over Whitefish River
46°15′49″N 87°05′34″W / 46.263611°N 87.092778°W / 46.263611; -87.092778 (King Road – Whitefish River Bridge)
Limestone Township This bridge, completed in 1919, was the last link in the Alger County trunk line road running from Trenary to Skandia. In 1919, the Michigan State Highway Department engineers designed what was designated as Trunk Line Bridge Number 264, based on a standard girder bridge design that the agency had developed in 1913–14.
6 Lobb House
Lobb House
01976-10-08October 8, 1976 203 W. Onota St.
46°24′38″N 86°39′26″W / 46.410556°N 86.657222°W / 46.410556; -86.657222 (Lobb House)
Munising Edward and Elizabeth Lobb owned the prosperous Princeton Mine in Marquette County and the Anna River Brick Company, founded in 1887. Edward Lobb died c. 1892, leaving the family's fortune to Elizabeth. She continued operating the brickyard along with her son Nathaniel, and in 1905-1906 built this house designed by Sault Ste. Marie architect Edward DeMar.
7 M-28 – Sand River Bridge
M-28 – Sand River Bridge
01999-11-30November 30, 1999 M-28 over Sand River
46°29′42″N 87°06′27″W / 46.495°N 87.1075°W / 46.495; -87.1075 (M-28 – Sand River Bridge)
Onota Township The bridge carrying M-28 over the Sand River is a medium-span concrete bridge with a shallow arch span, 4 feet thick at the abutments and 1'-8" at the center. The bridge has a so-called rigid-frame construction, which was a new development by the highway department at the time the bridge was built.
8 M-94 (old) – Au Train River Bridge
M-94 (old) – Au Train River Bridge
01999-11-30November 30, 1999 Wolkoff Rd. over Au Train River
46°26′00″N 86°49′27″W / 46.433333°N 86.824167°W / 46.433333; -86.824167 (M-94 (old) – Au Train River Bridge)
Au Train Township This bridge, now closed to vehicular traffic, carries what is now Wolkoff Road over the Au Train River. It is one of only two remaining bridges built to a 1907-1908 Michigan State Highway Department design standard for steel plate through girder bridges intended for mid-size spans of 30 to 60 feet.
9 Mikulich General Store
Mikulich General Store
01993-07-15July 15, 1993 Junction of County Routes 1 and 44, Limestone Township
46°15′38″N 86°58′10″W / 46.260556°N 86.969444°W / 46.260556; -86.969444 (Mikulich General Store)
Traunik The Mikulich General Store is a two-story rectangular building with a flat roof. The store was operated by the Mikulich family from 1926 to 1887, and served as the social and economic center for the Slovenian community of Traunik.
10 Paulson House
Paulson House
01972-11-09November 9, 1972 South of AuTrain on USFS Rd. 2278 in Hiawatha National Forest
46°24′25″N 86°51′01″W / 46.406944°N 86.850278°W / 46.406944; -86.850278 (Paulson House)
Au Train The Paulson Hose is a cedar log structure built in 1883 by Swedish immigrant Charles Paulson. The upper floor of the cabin was used as a school room in the early part of the 20th century. Paulson and his wife lived in the cabin until their deaths in 1925.
11 Pickle Barrel House
Pickle Barrel House
02004-02-04February 4, 2004 Northeastern corner of Lake Ave. and Randolph St.
46°40′16″N 85°59′05″W / 46.671111°N 85.984722°W / 46.671111; -85.984722 (Pickle Barrel House)
Burt Township The Pickle Barrel House is a two-story cabin built of two barrels. The house design is based on cartoon characters, the Teenie Weenies, created by William Donahey. The barrel house was created as a large-scale version of the miniature oak casks used for Monarch-brand pickles, a food line that Donahey did advertisements for.
12 Schoolcraft Furnace Site
Schoolcraft Furnace Site
01977-12-28December 28, 1977 Northeast of Munising off M-94
46°25′26″N 86°37′21″W / 46.423889°N 86.6225°W / 46.423889; -86.6225 (Schoolcraft Furnace Site)
Munising The Schoolcraft Furnace Site is an abandoned iron furnace. Construction began on the furnace in 1867, and by 1869 it was putting out 20 tons if pig iron daily. However, material shortages, poor management, and a depression in iron prices caused operations to be erratic. After several restarts, the furnace closed for good in 1878.

See also

  • List of Registered Historic Places in Michigan


  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places: Weekly List Actions". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved on November 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Numbers represent an ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined here, differentiate National Historic Landmark sites and National Register of Historic Places Districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects.
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. . 

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