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Presque Isle County

Presque Isle County is named for the French word meaning “almost island” indicating a peninsula.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Chippewa County and Lake Huron

E – Lake Huron and Ontario, Canada

S – Alpena County and Montmorency County

W – Cheboygan County


Created:  April 1, 1840                           Map of Michigan highlighting Presque Isle County

County Seat:

Rogers City  1857 – present


County Courthouse – Rogers City  


Location:  151 East Huron Street / North 3rd Street

Built:  1882 – 1883

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Frank Sommer

Contractor:  Frank Sommer


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a three story red colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Rogers City. The southeast section is the old part of the building and the northwest section was added in 1988. The second story has white colored wood facing. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 53rd Judicial District, County District Court and County Probate Court. The addition had William C Fuller & Associates of Spring Harbor as architect and the contractor was Louis Construction Services of Onaway.


Courthouse – Onaway



Location:  2077 State Street / North Maple Street

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Italian Villa, Romanesque and Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Merritt Chandler

Contractor:  Merritt Chandler


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story gray stone and concrete   asymmetric structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Onaway. Built of poured concrete block building on a fieldstone foundation, the building has a square tower with clock. The building has a low-pitched hip roof with overhanging eaves supported by bracketry. The building serves as the City Hall for Onaway.


Note:  After the courthouse was constructed, Merritt Chandler was unable to have the county seat moved, so in 1911 a drive started to carve out a new county for Onaway, to be called “Forest County.” The drive failed, but as a compromise, county court sessions were alternated between Rogers City and Onaway until the 1940s.


See:  The 53rd Judicial District includes Cheboygan County


History:  The county was created in 1840 and Rogers City was selected as the county seat in 1872 after the county had been organized in 1871. The county used the store owned by Albert Molitor. The first courthouse was built in 1872. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1881. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1882 to 1883. The third courthouse was constructed in Onaway in 1908 to 1909 but Onaway did not become the county seat. Both courthouses were used until the 1940’s.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



County Courthouse – Rogers City











Courthouse – Onaway







Old Preque Isle Lighthouse – Presque Isle Harbor



Photos taken 2008