Mason County is named for Stevens T Mason, who was Governor of Michigan from 1835 to 1840.
Created: April 1, 1840
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
N – Manistee County
E – Lake County
S – Oceana County
W – Lake Michigan
Photos taken 2008