Gogebic County

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Gogebic

Gogebic County is named for the Ojibwe word “agogebic” meaning “rock” and was named after Gogebic Lake, and also means “rocky dividing lake” or “place of dividing”.

 

Surrounding County and Canada Courthouses: 

N – Lake Superior, Ontario, Canada and Ontonagan County

E – Iron County

S – Iron CountyWisconsin and  Vilas County, Wisconsin

W – Iron County, Wisconsin

 

Created:  February 7, 1887                    Map of Michigan highlighting Gogebic County

County Seat:

Bessemer  1887 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bessemer 

 

Location:  200 North Moore Street / West Iron Street

Built:  1887 – 1888

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  John Scott & Company of Detroit

Contractor:  E E Grip and John Wahlman

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored Jacobsville sandstone with white colored streaks structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bessemer. The building has a high square red colored sandstone tower. Farther up the tower are rectangular windows with transons, surrounded by carved stone, and a porthole window. A dentilated cornice runs around the roof line of the building. The east entrance has an arch at the doorway. The second story windows are arched. On the south side is an arched covered entrance. The roof is hipped with dormers. The interior contains marble and woodwork. The courtroom is located on the second story and has an arch shaped mural behind the judge’s bench depicting three female figures representing Law, Mercy and Justice. In 1915, the building was rebuilt and enlarged. The architect was Charlton and Kuenzli and the contractor was Herman Gundlach. The building was renovated in 1974 with construction of an addition on the north side. The architect was Architectural Resources, Inc. and the contractor was P J Nickel Company.

 

See: The architect, John Scott & Company of Detroit, designed courthouses in Wayne County. The contractors Wahlman and Grip built the courthouse in Houghton County and E E Grip built courthouses in Dickinson County and Ontonagon County.

 

History:  Bessemer became the county seat in 1887. The courthouse is the first and only courthouse erected in the county. The cost of construction of the courthouse was $50,000. The rock for the courthouse was quarried from a mountainside a half mile away.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

 

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County Courthouse – Bessemer

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2015