Incorporated in 1871, the City of Alpena overlooks Lake Huron's picturesque Thunder Bay. The wood, cement, and heavy machinery industries of Alpena stemmed from a long industrial heritage that started with logging of the 1800s. Besides these industries, Alpena offers to the public an abundance of businesses along with a community college and a regional medical center. Throughout the 8.93 square miles that make up the City of Alpena are many inviting residential areas and recreational activities for its more than 10,000 residents and visitors to continuously enjoy. Thus, the City welcomes you to come and see how Alpena truly is a warm and friendly port.