Kalkaska County

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Kalkaska

Kalkaska County is named for the Chippewa word meaning “flat or burned over country” or from the word “Calcasca” created by Henry Schoolcraft.

 

Created:  April 1, 1840

County Seat:

Round Lake  1871 – 1873

Kalkaska       1873 – present

 

County Courthouse – Kalkaska

 

Location:  605 North Birch Street / Evergreen Street

Built:  1975 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Paul Hazelton

Contractor:  Hallmark Construction and Comstock Construction

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a one story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is two separate units with the Courts on the north and Administration on the south. There is a covered courtyard between the buildings. The windows are vertical and narrow. The administration section has a large white colored section of wall on the east side. The roof line is flat.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1873 by H L Birdsall and A W Jones. The previous courthouse was designed by Julius Hess and constructed in 1883. The building was demolished and courthouse square became a seniors center in the downtown area.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

Courthouses: 

N – Antrim County

E – Crawford County

S – Missaukee County

W – Grand Traverse County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008