Category Archive for "History"

The Names, the Myths and the Legends of the Sanctuary of the Great Lakes, Pt. 1

Sunrise over Squaw Bay. Photo by Chuck Bennett

How did Alpena get its name? Why do we pronounce Presque Isle like ‘Presk-eel’? What’s up with name Mich-E-Ke-Wis, and how did we come up with Ossineke and Negwegon?

You’ve wondered, and … Read the rest


Top 10 Haunted Places and Urban Legends of Alpena

A bump in the night, a whisper in your ear. Is it your imagination? Perhaps it’s the wind. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s something else. 

Hauntings, urban legends, and Native American folklore are cultural experiences that can be found all over … Read the rest


Find Your Explorer’s Spirit at Rockport

Just north of the city proper is a terrestrial landscape that wakens the explorer’s spirit. Indeed, the traveler, regardless of his interests and no matter his origin, will find an amazing adventure filled with beauty. Majestic and mysterious, Rockport State … Read the rest


Alpena’s Most Shareable Photos

Where else can you get a photo-op with the dinosaurs, swim with over 100-year-old shipwrecks, and capture the most breathtaking sunrises and sunsets?! Alpena is the place to be for capturing the best sharable photos. 

Covered Wooden Bridge & Water

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History Made at 2017 Michigan Brown Trout Festival!

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Big Brownie caught in Lake Huron during the 43rd Annual Brown Trout Festival! 

Jan Stepanski holds prize-winning Big Brownie; photo courtesy of Michigan Brown Trout Festival

On July 18th, 2017, Jan Stepanski reeled in … Read the rest


Unearthing “The Age of the Fish”: Fossil Hunting Rockport State Recreation Area

A depiction of the Devonian Period by artist, Judy Dawley. You can find this mural outside at the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan, as well as the original painting inside of the museum.

When we think of prehistoric times, we … Read the rest


Mich-E-Ke-Wis Park  – The Story of an American Dream

The late July sun warmed the sand around my feet. While my kids splashed in the shallow mb-kids-at-beachshoreline waves near the small sandy beach, I watched a bird intently for nearly 30 minutes. It flittered back and forth through the … Read the rest


It’s Officially Thunder Bay International Film Festival Week!

This week brings us the 5th Annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival, with over 60 Oceanic and Great Lakes 15235445_10154129291712475_2818706244896272373_ofilms created by filmmakers from all over the world. 

This week you can check out films such a “Sonic Sea”, a 60 … Read the rest


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


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