Ogemaw County

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Ogemaw County is named for the Ogemaw Indian tribe who resided in the region, and “ogimaa” is an Ojibwe word meaning “chief” or “leader”.


Created:  April 1, 1840

County Seat:

West Branch  1875 – present


County Courthouse – West Branch 


Location:  406 West Houghton Avenue / North 8th Street

Built:  1974 – 1975

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Stephen T Gerganoff of Ypsilanti

Contractor:  Gust Construction Company of Cedar Springs


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building has vertical glass windows with a large glass area on the east side of the north front where the entrance is located. A wide concrete band follows the roof line with brick extending in places to the roof line.  The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Ogemaw County Building.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Pratt & Koeppe and constructed by Glanfield & Sims in 1888. The cost of construction of the courthouse and jail was $14,999.25. The cost of the present courthouse was over $2,000,000.


See: The architect,  Stephen T Gerganoff, designed courthouses in Cheboygan County and Mecosta County, and with Ralph S Gerganoff of Ypsilanti in Huron County.


See: The contractor, Gust Construction Company of Cedar Springs, constructed courthouses in Benzie County and Mecosta County. .


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



N – Oscoda County

E – Iosco County

S – Arenac County and Glaldwin County

W – Roscommon County

















Photos taken 2008