Iron County

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Iron County is named for the large deposits of iron in the county.

 

Surroundinf County Courthouses: 

N – Houghton County and Baraga County

E – Marquette County and Dickinson County

S – Florence County, Wisconsin, Forest County, Wisconsin and Vilas County, Wisconsin

W – Gogebic County and Ontonagon County

 

Created:  April 3, 1885                           Map of Michigan highlighting Iron County

County Seat:

Iron River      1885 – 1889

Crystal Falls  1889 – present

 

County Courthouse – Crystal Falls

 

Location:  2 South 6th Street / Superior Avenue

Built:  1890 – 1891

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque Revival

Architect:  J C Clancy of Wisconsin

Contractor:  Louis A Webber

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story buff colored brick and granite  structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Crystal Falls and has a large arch with recessed doorway on the first story. Above the arch are six narrow vertical windows. At the roof line is a large white colored statue of “Law, Mercy and Justice”. On the northeast corner is a high square brick clock tower with an octagonal top containing the clock. On the southeast corner is a smaller round brick tower. The second floor courtroom has an octagonal ceiling of decorative pressed metal and a large chandelier with muses and dragons. A wing was added in 1955. The architect was Pero Brandy and the contractor was Cloverland Contracting Company.The building was renovated in 2003 to 2004 when a new wing was constructed. The architect was STS Consultants and the contractor was Miron Construction of Neenah, Wisconsin. Ron Schmidt was the superintendent

 

History:  Iron River was the first county seat in 1885 and a wood shack served as the first courthouse. The county seat was moved to Crystal Falls in 1889. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1890 to 1891. The cost of construction of the courthouse was $40,000.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

 

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County Courthouse – Crystal Falls

 

 

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County Courthouse Addition 1955 – Crystal Falls

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2015