Oconto County

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Oconto County is named for a Native American settlement and the Oconto River, whose name means “plentiful with fish”.


Created:  February 6, 1851

County Seat: 

Oconto  1851 – present


County Courthouse – Oconto


Location:  301 Washington Street / Collins Avenue

Built:  1891 – 1892

Style:  Romanesque Revival / Classical Revival

Architect:  Rau & Kirsch

Contractor:  William Kasten.


Description:  The building faces south and  is a two story buff brick structure. The south front has three sections with peaked roofs. The center section has a large arch at the first story entrance with four vertical windows on the second story. On the center of the roof is a square dome with clock and rounded red colored roof and gold statue of Justice.  The building was completely refurbished in 1907. The architect was Foeller & Schober. The Jail Annex was added on east side in 1960 and office wing on the west side in 1977.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1857. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $50,000. A fire in 1907 destroyed the upper story.



N – Forest County and Marinette County

E – Marinette County and Door County 

S – Brown County and Shawano County

W – Shawano County, Menominee County and Langlade County








Photos taken 2007