Alger County

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Alger County is named for Russell A Alger, who was a Governor of Michigan and a United States Senator.

 

Surrounding County and Canada Courthouses: 

N – Lake Superior and Ontario, Canada

E – Luce County and Schoolcraft County

S – Delta County

W – Marquette County

 

Created:  March 17, 1885                       Map of Michigan highlighting Alger County

County Seat:

Au Train   1885 – 1901

Munising  1901 – present

 

County Courthouse – Munising

 

Location:  101 Court Street / West Jewell Street

Built:  1979 – 1980

Style:  Modern

Architect: G Arntzen & Company of Escanaba

Contractor:  Olsen and Flath and Brandt Construction

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Munising. The building has a one story overhang on the northwest corner with concrete header and recessed entrance. The second story is recessed on the north and west sides. The building has a flat roof. The building is named as the Alger County Complex.

 

History:  The first county seat was Au Train.  In 1885, the county met in the Au Train Hotel. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1887 at a cost of $5,300. The county seat was moved to Munising in 1901. The second courthouse was designed by Demetrius Frederick Charlton and constructed in 1902. The courthouse burned on November 6, 1978 and offices were moved into the annex which was then expanded to become the third and present courthouse in 1979 to 1980 at a cost of approximately $3,000,000. Moe’s Excavating was hired for $9,860 to salvage material from the old courthouse.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

 

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County Courthouse – Munising

 

 

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Commissioner Minutes – 1979 construction

 

 

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Picture 1902 County Courthouse

Photos taken 2008 and 2010