Mason County

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Mason

Mason County is named for Stevens T Mason, who was Governor of Michigan from 1835 to 1840.

 

Created:  April 1, 1840

County Seat:

Burr Caswell Farm       1855 – 1861

Little Sauble (Lincoln)  1861 – 1873

Ludington                     1873 – present

 

County Courthouse – Ludington

 

Location:  304 East Ludington Avenue / South Rowe Street

Built:  1893 – 1894

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Sidney J Osgood of Grand Rapids

Contractor:  Charles T Gatke

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored Milwaukee pressed and Jacobsville sandstone structure. The building has a large arched entrance on the first story. The first story windows are arched. There are numerous peaks along the hip and gable roof. In the center of the roof is a high square clock tower with peaked roof. The base of the building is lighter colored sandstone.  The cut stone was done by J B Goodell & Company of Muskegon.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built by Burr Caswell in 1849. The cost for construction of present courthouse was $39,150.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

Courthouses: 

N – Manistee County

E – Lake County

S – Oceana County

 Lake Michigan

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008