Delta County

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Delta County is named for the Greek ”Delta” symbol as the original shape of the county was triangular.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Marquette County and Alger County

E – Schoolcraft County

S – Lake Michigan

W – Menominee County and Marquette County

 

Created:  Mach 9, 1843                          Map of Michigan highlighting Delta County

County Seat:

Masonville  1861 – 1864

Escanaba   1864 – present

 

County Courthouse – Escanaba

 

Location:  310 Ludington Street / 3rd Street South

Built:  1959 – 1961

Style:  Modern

Architect:  G Arntzen & Company of Escanaba

Contractor:  Erling Arntzen of Escanaba

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Escanaba. The east and west wings project south from the main building. In the center is a canopy at the main entrance. White colored bands of concrete run between the first and second story windows and along the roof line. A map of the county adorns the southeast corner of the building. The roof line is flat. In the interior there is glass, stone and wood. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 47th Judicial District, County District Court and County Probate Court. The building was enlarged in 1994 with the addition of the second story. The architect was G Arntzen & Company of Escanaba and the contractor was Menze Construction Company.

 

History:  The county was created in 1843 and Masonville was selected as the  county seat in 1861 when the county was organized. The county seat was moved to Escanaba in 1864. The first courts were held in private residences. The first courthouse was designed by J McDonnell and was built by H G Ashmun in 1882 at a cost of $20,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $680,000 in 1959 to 1961. The cost of the 1994 addition was $5,000,000.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

 

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County Courthouse - Escanaba 

 

 

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Delta County Park - Escanaba

 

 

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Photos taken 2008