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Schoolcraft County

Schoolcraft County is named for Henry Schoolcraft, who explored the area with the expedition of Lewis Cass.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Alger County

E – Luce County and Mackinac County

S – Lake Michigan

W – Delta County and Alger County


Created:  Mach 9, 1843                          Map of Michigan highlighting Schoolcraft County

County Seat:

Onota          1871 – 1879

Manistique  1879 – present


County Courthouse – Manistique


Location:  300 Walnut Street / South Maple Street

Built:  1975 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  G Arntzen & Company of Escanaba

Contractor:  Omega Construction Company Inc. of Grandville


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red-brown colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Manistique. The building has a central entrance with overhanging canopy and recessed doorway. The east wing is two stories with vertical brick divisions between the banks of double windows. The west wing is one story. The roof line is flat. The interior has a large bronze mural by Jack E Anderson The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial District, County District Court and County Probate Court. 


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


See:  The 11th Judicial District includes Alger CountyLuce County and Mackinac County.


History:  The county was created in 1843 and Onota was selected as the county seat in 1871 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was built in 1873. The county seat was moved to Manistique in 1879. The second courthouse was a two story wood structure built in 1885. The third courthouse was designed by F W Hollister and constructed in 1901. The burning was destroyed by fire on March 9, 1974. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1975 to 1976 at a cost of $2,173,550.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



County Courthouse – Manistique  

















Picture 1901 County Courthouse



Old Water Tower – Manistique

Photos taken 2008