Empire is situated on Lake Michigan in the northern Decrease Peninsula. The Empire seaside boasts the Robert H. Manning Memorial Light , which was built in 1991 by ‘Brien Brothers Construction as a memorial to Robert H. Manning, a lifelong resident of Empire and avid fisherman. Additionally, the seashore gives a well-known antique anchor which was found by Douglas Manning, son of Robert H. Manning, and Michelle Stryker in 1977. Every year, the village of Empire celebrates the elevating of the anchor on the third Saturday in July.
For a few years, the village was host to many servicewomen and men stationed at Empire Air Drive Station This was primarily a radar web site throughout the Cold Battle. Its fundamental function was to protect the northern skies of the United States from army threats. In its later years, the location was turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration. Though much of the site is gone now, there is a museum and historical marker in the village. There may be an annual reunion of members of Empire AFS.
Within the village, the population was spread out with 15.6% below the age of 18, 6.three% from 18 to 24, 19.3% from 25 to forty four, 35.2% from 45 to sixty four, and 23.5% who have been sixty five years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every one hundred females, there were ninety four.eight males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there have been ninety six.9 males.
There have been 187 households out of which 16.6% had kids beneath the age of 18 dwelling with them, 47.1% were married couples dwelling collectively, 5.9% had a female householder with no husband current, and 43.9% have been non-families. 39.6% of all households had been made up of individuals and sixteen.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The typical family size was 2.02 and the average family measurement was 2.70.
The Empire Winterfest, held annually in mid-February has been celebrated for the previous twenty-5 years. Events embrace ice skating, curling and the polar bear dip into South Bar Lake. There is additionally a pool event held within the Empire Village Inn (known to locals merely as “The V.I.”) and a pancake breakfast placed on by the Empire Lion’s Club within the Empire town corridor.