Keweenaw County

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Keweenaw County is named for the Native American word meaning “portage” or “place where portage is made”.


Surrounding County and Canada Courthouses: 

N – Lake Superior and Ontario, Canada

E – Lake Superior 

S – Baraga County and Houghton County

W – Lake Superior


Created:  March 11, 1861                       Map of Michigan highlighting Keweenaw County

County Seat:

Eagle River  1861 – present


County Courthouse – Eagle River 


Location:  5095   Fourth Street / Pine Street

Built:  1866 – 1867

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  John B Sweatt of Marquette

Contractor:  John B Sweatt of Marquette


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story white colored wood structure. The building is located on landscaped gropunds in the center of Eagle River. The building has a high portico supported by six large white colored Doric wood columns with fillets and bases, rising to a pediment. The entrance is a covered one story projection with balcony above. The main section of the building rises behind the portico. The building has a modillioned cornice and pedimented side dormers. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was remodeled and expanded in 1925.


See: The architect, John B Sweatt of Marquette, also designed the courthouse in Baraga County and Houghton County.


History:  Eagle River became the county seat in 1861. The court first met in a room in the Phoenix Hotel. The first and only courthouse was constructed in 1866 to 1867 at a cost of $6,578.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky




County Ciurthouse – Eagle River




Photos taken 2007