Huron County

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Huron County is named for Lake Huron which borders the north part of the county, and from the French word “inelles hures” meaning “what heads” referring to the way the Native Americans dressed their hair.


Created:  April 1, 1840

County Seat:

Harbor Beach  ( Sand Beach )  1859 – 1865

Port Austin                                 1865 – 1873

Bad Axe                                     1873 – present


County Courthouse – Bad Axe


Location:  250 East Huron Street / South Heisterman Street

Built:  1966 – 1967

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Ralph S Gerganoff and Stephen T Gerganoff of Ypsilanti

Contractor:  Grange Brothers, Inc.


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is “L” shaped. The entrance at the northwest corner has vertical concrete pillars with a glass panel wall behind with entrance on the first story. The windows are vertical with panels between. A wide concrete band follows the flat roof line.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Fred W Hollister and was constructed in 1875. The building survived a fire on September 5, 1881 which swept through the county. The building was demolished in 1965 and replaced by the present courthouse at a cost of $1,360,000.


See: The architect,  Ralph S Gerganoff of Ypsilanti, designed courthouses  in Alcona County, Allegan County, Arenac County, Charlevoix County and Washlenaw County. Stephen T Gerganoff designed courthouses in Cheboygan County, Mecosta County and Ogemaw County.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



N – Lake Huron

E – Lake Huron and Ontario, Ontario

S – Sanilac County and Tuscola County

W – Bay County and Arenac County














Photos taken 2008