Menominee County is named for the American Indian word meaning “wild rice eater” and is the name of the Menominee Native Americans.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
N – Marquette County
E – Delta County and Lake Michigan
Created: Mach 15, 1861
Menominee 1863 – present
County Courthouse – Menominee
Location: 839 10th Avenue / 9th Street
Built: 1875 – 1876
Style: High Victorian / Italianate
Architect: Gurdon Paine Randall of Chicago, Illinois
Contractor: Cummings & Hagen
Description: The building faces north and is a three story pink-red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Menominee. On the north front is a covered brick portico rising to the bottom of the second story. The base of the building is course white colored stone. The windows are narrow and vertical.The building is ornamented with stone quoins and beltcourses separating the two upper stories. There are four roof gables and a projecting cornice at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a square cupola with black colored roof tapering to a spire. The roof is hipped. In the interior, there are wooden stairs ascending to the courtroom located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 41st Judicial District, County District Court and County Probate Court. An addition was added on the south side in 1938. The courthouse was renovated in 1984.
See: The architect, Gurdon Paine Randall of Chicago also designed the courthouses in Georgia in Bibb County; in Illinous in Montgomery County and Morgan County and in Indiana in Benton County and Marshall County,
History: The county was created in 1861 and Menominee was selected as the county seat in 1863. The county used rented premises. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1875 to 1876 at a cost of $32,000.
See: Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky
County Courthouse - Menominee
Photos taken 2007 and 2010