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January 2017 - Visit Alpena Archive

National Bootleggers Day and Alpena’s History

January 17 has been proclaimed as National Bootleggers Day. This date marks the birthdays of Templeton Rye Whiskey, bootlegger Al Capone, and the son of another bootlegger, Meryl Kerkhoff.

Alpena's John A. Lau Saloon in 1895

Alpena’s John A. Lau Saloon in 1895

The term bootlegger began … Read the rest


10 Things to Do During an Alpena Winter

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A snowy, crystalized Thunder Bay River. Why not try out your hand at photography this winter? Photo courtesy of Amy Lijewski

The hustle and bustle of the holidays are now over. This is the time when the full effects of … Read the rest


So You Think You Know Alpena; Pt. 2

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Rugged, yet pristine, Rockport State Recreation Area is Michigan’s ____ state park?

It’s National Trivia Day, so we concocted a part 2 to the “So You Think You Know Alpena” quiz. Can you answer all the following questions correctly about Alpena, MI? … Read the rest


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