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HISTORY OF ALPENA COUNTY AFTER 1870

BY WILLIAM BOULTON IN 1876

Out in the blue waters of Lake Huron are the pretty group of islands known as Sugar, Thunder Bay, and Gull Islands. These islands are distant about two miles from North Point, Sugar Island being the nearest, sugar Island contains over 100 acres of land; is the property of John Paxton, and is the site of some of the most flourishing gill net fisheries in the State. thunder Bay Island is owned by the United States government, and on it is the light-house, known as Thunder Bay Light. Gull Island is a small and owned by Frank Jennings, and is used during the summer as a gill net fishery; this island is north of the other two, and receives its name from the amount of gulls that frequent it. Close by North Point, to the southward, is a reef on which the propeller Galena was wrecked in 1872. This reef is ill known*, and is out of the way of vessels entering the bay, so that there is the least necessity for vessels coming to grief upon it. Close by the same place the propellor Congress was burned some years ago. Looking to the northward, the remaining shores of Alpena stand out boldly and plainly to saw, it appearing to jut out in regular steps. The course of the shore to Alpena and up the lake varies but little, being about northwesterly, and forming a peninsula about ten miles long and eight miles wide. As we journey up the shore, we pass North Point gill net fisheries, Little under Bay, Crooked Island, and Misery Point. In Little Thunder Bay. d well to the northwest of it, is a curious freak of nature. It consists of a deep hole some one or two hundred feet in diameter, and a depth, according a sounding made by us, of 79 feet. It is full of water, and is supposed to the outlet of Sunken Lake, some thirty miles distant from the shore.

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Alpena County is in 3 sections your are in section 2.
Section 1
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