1871 : Alpena Business District Burns

April 9, 2024 all-day

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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