Cook County is named after Major Michael Cook who was killed during the Civil War.
Created: March 9, 1874
Grand Marais 1874 – present
County Courthouse – Grand Marais
Location: 411 West Second Street / 4th Avenue West
Built: 1912 – 1914
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: Kelly and Lignell of Duluth
Contractor: Bowe-Burke Company of Duluth
Description: The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building has Iconic columns supporting a cornice on the east with central bays recessed behind the columns in a sort of loggia above and covered porch below. The building sits on a hill overlooking Lake Superior. The building was renovated in 1997 to 1998. On the west side is the old one story jail.
Note: The first courthouse was designed by O A Norman and built by Saul & Skinner in 1889. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $60,000.
N – Ontario, Canada
E – Lake Superior
W – Lake County
Photos taken 2007 and 2015