Saginaw County

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Saginaw County is named for a Native American term having reference to the Sauk tribe who lived at the mouth of the river, or from “Sace-nong” or “Sak-e-nong” ( Sauk Town ), or from the Chippewa words meaning “place of the outlet” from “sag” ( an opening ) and “ong” ( place of ).


Created:  September 10, 1822

County Seat:

Saginaw  1835 – present


County Courthouse – Saginaw  


Location:  111 South Michigan Avenue / Court Street

Built:  1971 – 1972

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wiger Tincknell & Associates Inc. and Giffels Associates Inc.

Contractor:  Collinson Construction Company


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a four story concrete and glass structure. The first story has recessed walls with a walkway. The roof line is flat. The old courthouse clock was placed in a tower which stands in front of the building. The building is named as the Saginaw County Governmental Center.


Note:  The first courthouse was constructed by Asa Hill in 1837 at a cost of $9,510. The previous courthouse was designed by Frederick W Hollister and constructed by Dawson & Anderson of Toledo, Ohio in 1884 for a cost of $92,712.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



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Photos taken 2008