Arenac County

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Arenac County is named for “arena” referring to the sand in the Coliseum to provide a better footing for gladiators, and “ac” a Native American Indian word for “place of”, and named by Henry Schoolcraft as “a sandy place for good footing”.


Created:  April 21, 1883

County Seat:

Omer       1883 – 1892

Standish  1892 – present


County Courthouse – Standish


Location:  120 North Grove Street / East Cedar Street

Built:  1963 – 1964

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Ralph S Gerganoff of Ypsilanti

Contractor:  Davidson & Son Builders Inc.


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The southwest corner is a buff colored brick tower and the west front is faced with red-pink colored panels between the first and second story windows. The entrance is towards the south of the west front and has an overhang with four sandstone faced pillars and recessed glass entrance.. The roof line is flat. The building was renovated in 1985.


See: The architect,  Ralph S Gerganoff of Ypsilanti, designed courthouses  in Alcona County, Allegan County, Charlevoix County and Washlenaw County, and with Stephen T Gerganoff of Ypsilanti in Huron County.


Note:  The previous courthouse was built in Standish in 1892.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky


Old County Courthouse – Omer




Location:  SW – Huron Road / South George Street

Built:  1889 – 1890

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Pratt & Koeppe of Bay City

Contractor:  Angus McDonald


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story white colored wood structure. The building has a porch on the first story with a large arched window above on the second story. At the north end of the sloped roof is a square white wood cupola with steep roof.


Note:  the cost of construction of the courthouse was $2970.75.



N – Ogemaw County and Iosco County

E – Lake Huron and Ontario, Canada

S – Bay County

W – Gladwin County



























Photos taken 2008