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Emmet County

Emmet County is named for Robert Emmet, who was an Irish patriot who was hanged as a traitor to the British government at the age of 23 years.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Mackinac County

E – Cheboygan County

S – Charlevoix County 

 Charlevoix County and Lake Michigan


Created:  April 1, 1840                           Map of Michigan highlighting Emmet County

County Seat:

Mackinaw City   1853 – 1857

Harbor Springs  1857 – 1858

Mackinaw City   1858 – 1868

Charlevoix         1868 – 1869

Harbor Springs  1869 – 1902

Petoskey            1902 – present


County Courthouse – Petoskey


Location:  200 Division Street / Lake Street

Built:  1964 – 1966

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Warren Holmes of Lansing

Contractor:  Omega Construction Company Inc. of Grandville


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story brown colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Petoskey and descends down the hill on the west side. The northeast section is two stories with narrow vertical windows. The south section is one story with the main entrance at the north end. The southwest section runs down the hill and has curved glass windows. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 57th Judicial District, County District Court and County Probate Court. The building was first used by the county and city and then transferred to the county. The building was renovated in 1990. In 2005, a new wing was added to provide courtrooms and a jail.


See:  The contractor, Omega Construction Company Inc.of Grandville, constructed courthouses in Antrim County, Luce County and Schoolcraft County.


Old County Courthouse – Harbor Springs


Location:  349 East Main Street / Judd Street

Built:  1885 – 1886

Style:  Classical

Architect:  Earl H Mead and Charles W Caskey

Contractor:  Charles W Caskey


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story wood frame structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Harbor Springs. The south front has a central projecting tower with arched entrance on the first story and rising three stories to a steep roof. The roof is hipped. The building was constructed for use by the county and as the Harbor Springs City Hall. The building now houses the Historical Society and a museum.


History:  The county was created in 1840 as Tonedagana County. The name was changed in 1843 to Emmet County and Mackinaw City was selected as the county seat in 1853 when the county was organized. In 1857, the county seat was moved to Harbor Springs (Little Traverse) in 1857 and back to Mackinaw City in 1858. In 1868, the county seat was moved to Charlevoix and back to Harbor Springs in 1869. The county used rented premises until the first courthouse, a two story wood structure was built in 1885 to 1886 at a cost of $4,000 and is still standing. In 1902, the county seat was moved to Petoskey. The second courthouse was constructed in 1901 at a cost of $40,000. The building was razed in 1968 and the clock was placed in a steel tower at the harbor in 1996. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1964 to 1966 as the City-County Building.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



County Courthouse – Petoskey   

















Fort Milimackinac – Mackinaw City



Photos taken 2008