Chippewa County

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Chippewa County is named for the Native American Chippewa or Ojibwe Native American people who resided in the region.


Surrounding County and Canada Courthouses: 

N – Lake Superior and Ontario

E – Ontario, Canada

S – Presque Isle County and Mackinac County

W – Luce County


Created:  December 22, 1826                Map of Michigan highlighting Chippewa County

County Seat:

Sault Ste. Marie  1826 – present


County Courthouse – Sault Ste. Marie 


Location:  319 Court Street / Maple Street

Built:  1877 – 1878

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  William Scott and John Scott of Sault Ste. Marie

Contractor:  William Scott and John Scott of Sault Ste. Marie


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story sandstone and limestone structure. The building has a projecting central section with the entrance surrounded by an arch. At the top is a decorative pediment. The building has a mansard roof and walls which are two feet thick. On the center of the roof is a large square dome with a wood Statue of Justice, clock and steep black colored roof. Additions were added in 1904 with architect R C Sweat of Marquette. A further addition was constructed in 1930. The building was renovated 1n 1989. on the south side is the modern Courthouse Annex.


History:  Sault Ste. Marie became the county seat in 1826. The first and only courthouse was constructed in 1877 to 1878 with sandstone extracted when the second canal was constructed. Limestone from nearby Drummond Island was also used.  The cost of construction was $20,000 and the 1904 addition, cost $25,000.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky




County Courthpuse – Sault Ste. Marie

























County Courthouse Annex – Sault Ste. Marie







Photos taken 2008