Monday, March 16, 2020 at the end of the business day, ALL locations of
the Alcona County Library are CLOSED to the public until further
The closure of the libraries
is in response to public health and safety concerns, and to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. The Alcona County Library hopes to be proactive and
avoid any further spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Further updates will be available on library.alcona.lib.mi.us and the library’s Facebook site.
Since the 1850s when coal-fired reciprocating steam engines were first heralded as a reliable means of powering ships, these majestic vessels have crisscrossed the Great Lakes transporting everything from coal and grain to iron ore and cement. The speed and efficiency of the lake freighters was unchallenged until the advent of the diesel locomotive engine. Today, however, the massive fleet has been reduced to a handful, and soon the Great Lakes steamboats may be extinct. From freighters in motion and intricate machinery in the engine room, to the glow of the firehold and the action of the men who operate and maintain the vessels, these images are an evocative testament to the Age of Steam and a rich archival slice of our industrial past.