Tuscola County is named for the words “dusinagon” meaning “level” and “cola” meaning “lands”. The Native American People called the region “Tusci” which means “bench-land” or “plateau”.
Created: April 1, 1840
Vassar 1850 – 1866
Caro 1866 – present
County Courthouse – Caro
Location: 440 North State Street / Grant Street
Built: 1932 – 1933
Style: Art Deco
Architect: William H Kuni of Detroit
Contractor: Cecil M Kelly of Flint
Description: The building faces northwest and is a three story Indiana limestone structure. The front center section extends from the building and rises higher with clock at the top. The second story windows are arched. Vertical stone dividers run between the windows on the recessed south and north wings. The foundation is Minnesota granite. The interior has a unique twelve by eighteen foot stained glass window made by Detroit Stained Glass Works which depicts General Lewis Cass meeting Native Americans on the banks of the Cass River to sign a treaty.
Note: The previous courthouse was designed by Porter and Watkins in 1873 at a cost of $15,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $180,000.
See: The architect, William H Kuni of Detroit, designed the courthouse in Alpena County.
See: Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky
N – Huron County
E – Sanilac County
Photos taken 2008