National Register of Historic Places listings in Alger County, Michigan

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Location of Alger County in Michigan

This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Alger County, Michigan.

This is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Alger County, Michigan, United States. Latitude and longitude coordinates are provided for many National Register properties and districts; these locations may be seen together in a map.[1]

There are 16 properties and districts listed on the National Register in the county.

This National Park Service list is complete through NPS recent listings posted September 23, 2016.[2]

Current listings[edit]

[3] Name on the Register[4] Image Date listed[5] Location City or town Description
1 Au Sable Light Station
Au Sable Light Station
May 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. Both were designed by Colonel Orlando Metcalfe Poe. The lighthouse was automated in 1958.
2 Bar Lake Site Upload image
June 27, 2014
Address Restricted
3 Bay Furnace
Bay Furnace
September 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)
Au Train Township 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 disastrous fire in 1879 destroyed both the furnace and town; neither were rebuilt. The remains of the furnace were partially reconstructed later, and the site is now a campground.
4 Grand Island Harbor Rear Range Light
Grand Island Harbor Rear Range Light
June 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)
Munising Township 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.
5 Grand Island North Light Station
Grand Island North Light Station
September 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.
6 Grand Marais Harbor of Refuge Inner and Outer Lights
Grand Marais Harbor of Refuge Inner and Outer Lights
May 2, 2012
West pier at entry to Grand Marais Harbor of Refuge
46°41′02″N 85°58′20″W / 46.683805°N 85.972145°W / 46.683805; -85.972145 (Grand Marais Harbor of Refuge Inner and Outer Lights)
Burt Township The Army Corps of Engineers began upgrading the harbor at Grand Marais in 1881, building a timber pile breakwater and two piers demarcating the entry into the harbor. Realizing that an added light would improve navigation, the Lighthouse Board requested funding for a light at the pierhead. This outer light was constructed in 1895; an inner light was added in 1898. Both are prefabricated skeletal iron or steel structures painted white and bolted to the pier. These lights are part of the Light Stations of the United States Multiple Property Submission.
7 Hartney Terrace Site Upload image
June 27, 2014
Address Restricted
8 King Road – Whitefish River Bridge
King Road – Whitefish River Bridge
November 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.
9 Lobb House
Lobb House
October 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.
10 M-28 – Sand River Bridge
M-28 – Sand River Bridge
November 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.
11 M-94 (old) – Au Train River Bridge
M-94 (old) – Au Train River Bridge
November 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.
12 Mikulich General Store
Mikulich General Store
July 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.
13 Paulson House
Paulson House
November 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.
14 Pickle Barrel House
Pickle Barrel House
February 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.
15 Schoolcraft Furnace Site
Schoolcraft Furnace Site
December 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.
16 Widewaters Site Upload image
June 27, 2014
Address Restricted

Former listing[edit]

[3] Name on the Register Image Date listed Date removed Location City or town Summary
1 Hill's Store Upload image
Grand Marais Ave.
Grand Marais, Michigan Demolished

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  1. ^ The latitude and longitude information provided in this table was derived originally from the National Register Information System, which has been found to be fairly accurate for about 99% of listings. For about 1% of NRIS original coordinates, experience has shown that one or both coordinates are typos or otherwise extremely far off; some corrections may have been made. A more subtle problem causes many locations to be off by up to 150 yards, depending on location in the country: most NRIS coordinates were derived from tracing out latitude and longitudes off of USGS topographical quadrant maps created under the North American Datum of 1927, which differs from the current, highly accurate WGS84 GPS system used by most on-line maps. Chicago is about right, but NRIS longitudes in Washington are higher by about 4.5 seconds, and are lower by about 2.0 seconds in Maine. Latitudes differ by about 1.0 second in Florida. Some locations in this table may have been corrected to current GPS standards.
  2. ^ "National Register of Historic Places: Weekly List Actions". National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved on September 23, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Numbers represent an ordering by significant words. Various colorings, defined here, differentiate National Historic Landmarks and historic districts from other NRHP buildings, structures, sites or objects.
  4. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-24). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ The eight-digit number below each date is the number assigned to each location in the National Register Information System database, which can be viewed by clicking the number.