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 is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the north side of the center of the city. 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 north side is the old one story County 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
Old County Jail
Photos taken 2007 and 2015