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County Information
The county was created by the Michigan Legislature in 1840 as Anamickee County, then renamed in 1843 to Alpena County
Officially Organized February 7, 1857
County Seat and largest City: Alpena

Alpena County is in the northeast of the mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
Lake Huron and Thunder Bay are to the east, Alcona County to the south, Oscoda County to the southwest, Montmorency County to the west, and Presque Isle County to the north. Most of the county is drained by the Thunder Bay River and its tributaries. The Mackinaw State Forest occupies large tracts of land in the county. The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is located offshore adjacent to the county. 

The 45th parallel bisects the county, meaning it is half way between the North Pole and the equator. 

Several islands in Thunder Bay are part of the Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge. There are automated lighthouses on Middle Island and Thunder Bay Island. [source: wikipedia]

 Alpena (county seat)

 Hillman (part)

Unincorporated Communities
 Bolton * Cathro * Herron * Hubbard Lake * Lachine * Leer * Ossineke * Spratt

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Website Updates:

Oct 2018 - Community News August/Sept 1871

Oct 2018 - Gossip August/Sept 1871

Oct 2018 - Crime August/Sept 1871

Oct 2018 - Sherman/Howard, Perne/Reiner, Carr/Wilson Marriage Announcements

Oct 2018 - Sicklist

Oct 2018 - Family Bible Inscription

Oct 2018 - Misc. Death News

Oct 2018 - Birth Announcements

Oct 2018 - 2 Articles added in Miscellaneous Stuff

Oct 2018 - Court News




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