Mackinac County

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Mackinac County is named for the French term “Michillimackinac” which refers to the straits area as well as the French settlement at the tip of the lower peninsula and the Indian names “michinimackinog” means “place of Giant Fairies” or “Giant Turtles place”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Luce County and Chippewa County

E – Chippewa County

S – Cheboygan County and Emmet County

W – Schoolcraft County 



Created:  October 26 1818                     Map of Michigan highlighting Mackinac County

County Seat:

Mackinac Island  1838 – 1882

St. Ignace            1882 – present


County Courthouse – St. Ignace


Location:  100 South Marley Street / Truckey Street

Built:  1935 – 1936

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  C Harold Thompson

Contractor:  Richard A Wilbur.


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red-brown colored brick and stone rectangular structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of St Ignace. The building has stone framing around the entrance and surrounding windows. Smaller stone vertical bands frame the other windows. The roof line is flat. The courtroom on the third story is Art Deco style. The building was constructed as a Works Progress Administration project. On the south side of the courthouse is the one story brick County Administration Building constructed in 1997 to 1998.


Old County Courthouse – Mackinaw Island


Location:  Market Street / Astor Street

Built:  1839 – 1840

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story white colored wood frame structure. The building is located on Mackinaw Island on landscaped grounds in the center of Mackinac Island Town. The southeast front of the rectangular shaped building has a central entrance on the first story. On the sloped roof is a large white colored octagonal cupola. The building is now the Police Station and Courthouse.


History:  The county seat was Mackinac Island in 1838. The first courthouse was built in 1839 and is now the City Hall. The county seat moved to St. Ignace in 1882 and the second courthouse was a three story brick structure built at a cost of $25,000. The third courthouse was constructed in 1935 to 1936 at a cost of $75,000.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky




County Courthouse - St. Ignace 













County Administrartion Building - St. Ignace 







Photos taken 2008