1871 : Alpena Business District Burns

When:
April 9, 2024 all-day
2024-04-09T00:00:00-04:00
2024-04-10T00:00:00-04:00

On April 9, 1871, the most disastrous fire Alpena had seen destroyed the business district of the city. More than 100 residents were left homeless, and Alpena was left without a place for public entertainment or gatherings. A local newspaper reported on the impact of the fire: “Our city has received a severe loss, and one that it will take years to recover from.”

Source: Michigan Every Day

For a more detailed account, see History of Alpena County, pp. 234-235.

For more information about early Alpena, see The Town That Wouldn’t Die ; Alpena, Michigan By Robert E. Haltiner

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