Cheboygan County

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Cheboygan County is named for the Cheboygan River, which is named after the Ojibwe word “zhaabonigan” meaning “sewing needle” or from “chabwegan” meaning “a place of ore”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Mackinac County

E – Presque Isle County

S –  Montmorency County and Otsego County

 Charlevoix County and Emmet County


Created:  April 1, 1840                           Map of Michigan highlighting Cheboygan County

County Seat:

Duncan City               1853 – 1869

Inverness Township   1869 – 1898

Cheboygan                1898 – present


County Courthouse – Cheboygan


Location:  870  South Main Street / Franklin Street

Built:  1967 – 1969

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Stephen T Gerganoff of Ypsilanti

Contractor:  Davidson & Son Builders Inc.


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The east front section has the entrance at the southeast corner with an overhang supported by concrete pillars. The entrance is recessed. Glass windows run across the first story front with stone facing on the second story at the windows. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Rush Bowman Rush and constructed in 1889 t0 1900 for a cost of $35,000.


See: The architect,  Stephen T Gerganoff, designed courthouses in Mecosta County and Ogemaw County, and with Ralph S Gerganoff of Ypsilanti in Huron County.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky


Old County Courthouse – Cheboygan




Location:  229 Court Street / South Huron Street

Built:  1869

Style:  Federal

Architect:  James F Watson

Contractor:  James F Watson


Description:  The building faces north and is a white colored wood structure. The building has a central entrance on the north front. At the peak of the roof on the north side is a square white colored wood cupola. The building is the second courthouse constructed in the County. Across the street is the old red colored brick Jail which houses a museum.


Note:  The cost of construction of the courthouse was $3000. In 1983, the building was extensively renovated.






County Courthouse - 

























Photos taken 2008