Michigan Roadside Attractions: Stainless Steel Eagle by Tom Moran - Alpena

Michigan Roadside Attractions: Stainless Steel Eagle by Tom Moran – Alpena

Vertical Stainless Steel Eagle Alpena

Michigan Roadside Attractions is a periodic feature on Travel the Mitten that will explore the many interesting things that can be found on the highways, byways and back roads of Michigan, ranging from the interesting to unusual.

Alpena MI Eagle Steel Statue

There are many statues and sculptures in random roadside locations across the state, and Tom Moran of Onaway, Michigan (owner of Moran Iron Works) is responsible for some of the more impressive ones in the northeast corner of the Lower Peninsula. One of the easiest to reach is the stainless steel sculpture of the head of a bald eagle, found on the grounds of the Besser Museum on Johnson Street near US-23.

Moran Eagle Steel Alpena Besser Museum

This statue is around 10 feet tall, and really catches the sunlight on its silver, brown and gold sections. As an added treat, there is another one of Moran’s works on the property as well, a camouflage-colored piece entitled “Unknown Soldier.”

Tom Moran Unknown Soldier Alpena

The Besser Museum is located at 491 Johnson St. in Alpena, and it hosts 47,000 artifacts in the areas of art, history, and science. The Lafarge Fossil Park offers the chance to get hands-on and dig for your own souvenirs. More information at http://www.bessermuseum.org/about-us/about-us.

For more information on Tom Moran and his other sculptures in Onaway, Ishpeming, Cheboygan and elsewhere, check out articles on mynorth.com and Great Lakes Gazette or one of the books shown below.