Vilas County

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Vilas County is named for William Vilas, who was an officer during the American Civil War, Postmaster General, United States Secretary of the Interior and Senator from Wisconsin.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Gogebic County, Michigan and Iron County, Michigan

E – Forest County

S – Oneida County 

W – Price County and Iron County


Created:  April 12, 1893                         Map of Wisconsin highlighting Vilas County

County Seat: 

Eagle River  1893 – present


County Courthouse – Eagle River


Location:  330 Court Street / Main Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Robert A Messmer & Brother of Milwaukee

Contractor:  A R Prokson of Iron River, Michigan


Description:  The building faces south and  is a two story light buff colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Eagle River. The south front has a stone framed entrance projecting from the the center section. The building recesses in tiers and there is a small third story section in the center. The roof line is flat. This was a Works Project Administration project. An addition was added in 1976 and the Justice Center was added in 1998. The building was remodeled in 2002. The architect was P.T.D., Inc. and the contractor was Adolfson & Petersonn Construction.


Note:  The plans of architect Robert A Messmer & Brother of Milwaukee were accepted on March 2. 1936. The bids approved May 5, 1936 for the construction of the courthouse were; A R Prokson, Iron River, Michigan – general contractor $72,633; John F Ahern, Fond du Lac – plumbing $5,997; Stoeh and Laudon Inc., Milwaukee – heating $8,161 and B R Ahlmen. Rhinelander – electrical $3,550.


See:  The 9th Judicial District includes Florence County, Forest County, Iron County, Langlade County, Lincoln County, Marathon County, Menominee County, Oneida CountyPortage County, Price CountyShawano County, Taylor County and Wood County.


History:  The county was created in 1893 and Eagle River became the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story structure built in 1894. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1936 to 1937 at a cost of $116,363..




County Courthouse – Eagle River
















County Minutes – architect




County Minutes – construction  bids







Picture County Courthouses

Photos taken 2007 and 2010