I worked as a tour guide for two summers at the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Oregon. This opportunity enabled me to learn more about this lighthouse than any of the others I've seen. Although I have personally visited 302 lighthouses in the United States and three Provinces in Canada, the Umpqua River Lighthouse has special meaning for me.
The Alpena Lighthouse is located on the North East side of the entrance to Thunder Bay River and Lake Huron. The original lighthouse was built in 1875 and constructed of wood. It was replaced in 1914 by this 80 foot steel framed tower which was painted red at the time of my visit in 1998. The lighthouse was not open to the public. Due to my position to the sun when I took this picture, the red tower does not vividly show. The locals referred to this automated lighthouse as "Little Red".