Benzie County

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Benzie County is named for the French name “Riviere Aux-Bec Scies or “river of saw-ducks” which became known as the Betsie River and pronounced as “Benzie”.


Created:  February 27, 1863

County Seat:

Benzonia   1869 – 1894

Frankfort   1894 – 1908

Honor        1908 – 1916

Beulah       1916 – present


County Courthouse – Beulah


Location:  448 Court Place / Highland Drive

Built:  1975 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Blacklock & Schwartz of Midland

Contractor:  Gust Construction Company of Cedar Springs


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building sits on the side of a hill with the north part of the building being two stories. The building forms a “T” shape with a central wing extending north. There is an over hang supported by square brick pillars along the front and east and west sides. The building has solar bronze trim and non-glare glass. The building is named as the Benzie County Government Center.


Note:  The cost of construction was $873,238.


See:  The contractor, Gust Construction Company of Cedar Springs, constructed courthouses in Mecosta County and Ogemaw County.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky


Old County Courthouse – Beulah




Location:  SE – Prospect Avenue  / Spring Valley Street

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Colonial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored wood structure. The building was originally an amusement center called “The Grand”, and the County leased it in 1916. The County bought the building in 1942 for $3,000. Along the west front is a long two story porch with fluted columns. The center section projects and rises to a peak with clock at the top. The roof is hipped. The building is now a condominium.



N – Leelanau County

E – Grand Traverse County

S – Manistee County

 Lake Michigan















Photos taken 2008