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:
E – Chippewa County
Created: October 26 1818
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
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