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Muskegon County

Muskegon County is named for the Muskegon River which is named for the Ojibwe Native American word “mashkiigoong” meaning “in the swamp” or “in the marsh”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Oceana County

E – Newaygo County and Kent County

S – Ottawa County

 Lake Michigan

 

Created:  February 4, 1859                    Map of Michigan highlighting Muskegon County

County Seat:

Muskegon  1859 – present

 

County Courthouse – Muskegon  

 

Location:  990 Terrace Street / West Apple Avenue

Built:  1958 – 1960

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Magnuson and Sumner and O J Munson Associates

Contractor:  Herlihy Mid-Continent Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a six story white colored stone, glass and concrete structure. The building has a small canopy at the west entrance. On the east side is a large covered entrance. Stone facing is on the north and south walls and windows with blue colored panels on each story on the east and west sides. The building is named as the Michael E Koza Hall of Justice.  In 2001, a new entrance was constructed. The architect was Hooker De Jong Architects and the contractor was Clifford Buck Construction.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was designed by George Garnsey of Chicago, Illinois and constructed by Samuel Barrows in 1870 at a cost of $46,183.80. The building was destroyed by fire. The previous courthouse was designed by Sidney J Osgood and constructed by P J Connell & Sons in 1893 at a cost of $100,000. The building was razed for construction of the present courthouse. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $3,125,000..

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

 

County Courthouse – Muskegon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008