Keweenaw County

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


Created:  March 11, 1861

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 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 building was remodeled and expanded in 1925.


Note:  the cost of construction of the courthouse was $6,578.


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


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



N – Lake Superior and Ontario, Canada

E – Lake Superior 

S – Baraga County and Houghton County

W – Lake Superior








Photos taken 2007