Presque Isle County

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Presque Isle

Presque Isle County is named for the French word meaning “almost island” indicating a peninsula.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Chippewa County and Lake Huron

E – Lake Huron and Ontario, Canada

S – Alpena County and Montmorency County

W – Cheboygan County


Created:  April 1, 1840                           Map of Michigan highlighting Presque Isle County

County Seat:

Rogers City  1857 – present


County Courthouse – Rogers City  


Location:  151 East Huron Street / North 3rd Street

Built:  1874 – 1875

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Frank Somme

Contractor:  Frank Somme


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a three story red colored brick and wood  structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Rogers City. The southeast section is the old part and the northwest section was added in 1988. The second story has white colored wood facing. The roof is hipped. The addition had William C Fuller & Associates of Spring Harbor as architect and the contractor was Louis Construction Services of Onaway.


Courthouse – Onaway




Location:  NW – State Street / Main Street

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Italian Villa, Romanesque and Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Merritt Chandler

Contractor:  Merritt Chandler


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story gray stone  asymmetric structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Onaway. Built of poured concrete block building on a fieldstone foundation, the building has a square tower with clock. The building has a low-pitched hip roof with overhanging eaves supported by bracketry. The building servers as the City Hall for Onaway.


Note:  After the courthouse was constructed, Merritt Chandler was unable to have the county seat moved, so in 1911 a drive started to carve out a new county for Onaway, to be called “Forest County.” The drive failed, but as a compromise, county court sessions were alternated between Rogers City and Onaway until the 1940s.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky




County Courthouse – Rogers City
















Courthouse – Onaway







Photos taken 2008