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.


Created:  April 12, 1893

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:  Works Project Administration


Description:  The building faces south and  is a two story light buff colored brick structure. 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.



N – Gogebic County, Michigan and Iron County, Michigan

E – Forest County

S – Oneida County 

W – Price County and Iron County










Photos taken 2007