National Register Listing in
Alcona County, Michigan

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The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is home to the only national park in the state, Isle Royale National Park. The park is a remote wilderness area consisting of a large island in Lake Superior and over 400 smaller islands, and is known for its scenic beauty, hiking trails, and diverse wildlife, including moose, wolves, and bald eagles.
Alcona County, Michigan, has a rich and fascinating history that dates back thousands of years. The area was originally inhabited by the Ojibwe (also known as Chippewa) Native American tribe, who thrived on the region's abundant natural resources. European settlers began arriving in the 19th century, attracted by the dense forests, fertile land, and access to Lake Huron.

In the mid-1800s, logging became the dominant industry in Alcona County. Vast forests of white pine provided ample opportunity for timber companies, attracting settlers who worked in logging camps and sawmills. The lumber boom led to the establishment of several towns, including Harrisville, which became the county seat in 1869.

As the timber resources dwindled, the county underwent a transition in the late 19th century. Many residents turned to farming, taking advantage of the fertile soil and favorable climate. Agriculture became a significant economic driver, with crops such as potatoes, beans, and hay being cultivated.

In the early 20th century, recreational tourism began to grow in importance for Alcona County. Visitors were drawn to the area's picturesque landscapes, including the beautiful coastline along Lake Huron. Today, the county continues to embrace its natural beauty and rich history, offering a range of outdoor activities, such as fishing, boating, hiking, and camping, making it a popular destination for tourists and residents alike.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Alcona County, Michigan.

  • 1831: Alcona County was created from parts of Mackinac and Cheboygan counties.
  • 1836: County government was organized.
  • 1869: Harrisville became the county seat.
  • 1870: The first railroad reached Harrisville.
  • 1887: Alcona Township was established.
  • 1890: Gustin Township was established.
  • 1893: Hubbard Lake was settled.
  • 1914: Greenbush was incorporated as a village.
  • 1924: Curtisville was established.
  • 1926: Mikado was incorporated as a village.
  • 1927: Lost Lake Woods Club was established.
  • 1956: Lake Catherine was created.
  • 1965: Spruce was incorporated as a village.
  • 2000: Lost Lake Woods became a census-designated place.