Alberta was one of several communities Henry Ford created in Michigan's rural areas to provide employment for farmers who could not work during winter. For many years, the Upper Peninsula and the Lake Superior region were prime sources of lumber so Ford took it upon himself to establish a sawmill in 1935 to provide jobs for the famers in the area. The sawmill is now a museum and the rest of the community is well preserved. Today it is owned by Michigan Tech University as a center for research and training. The Ford company donated the community to the university in 1954.