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The unincorporated community of Alger is situated along Michigan Highway 76 (M-76), at its junction with Alger Road, just southeast of the southern terminus of M-33.

International Highway 75 (I-75) runs roughly parallel to Old M-76, just east of the community, although Alger Road does not connect with the Interstate. Sterling is 8.3 miles south, West Branch is 12.2 miles north, and Prescott is 13.5 miles northeast of Alger.

Alger is in Moffatt Township, Arenac County, in the eastern portion of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, northwest of the Thumb.

The village began as a railroad station, at the junction of the Mackinaw division of the Michigan Central Railroad and the Detroit, Bay City & Alpena Railroad in 1883. A post office was established there on March 7, 1884, with John Cole as its first postmaster. In 1884, the townsite was platted and recorded by John Stoughton Newberry and Russell Alexander Alger.

Newberry had served as a member of the US House of Representatives from Michigan's 1st District from 1879 to 1881 and was then a director of the Detroit, Bay City and Alpena Railroad.

Alger, from a prominent Michigan family, was elected as the 20th Governor of Michigan that year, serving from 1885 to 1887, later serving as US Secretary of War and as a member of the US Senate from Michigan. The village was named for Governor Alger.

The railroad brought business to the new village of Alger, particularly during Michigan's lumber boom. At one time, Alger had several mills, restaurants, and saloons. However, in 1896, the railroad from Prescott ceased operations, and Michigan timber had reached the point of depletion in the early 1900s, and the logging rail lines disappeared, along with the businesses. As a result, Alger progressively downsized to a small community of fewer than a thousand people.

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