Mason County / Mason County Courthouse Historical

Mason County / Mason County Courthouse Historical (HM1U1N)

Location: Ludington, MI 49431 Mason County
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N 43° 57.324', W 86° 26.685'

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(Side A)
Mason County
The first permanent Euro-American settlement in Mason County began in 1847 when New York native Burr Caswell and his family arrived at the mouth of the Pere Marquette River. The Caswells lived in a driftwood cabin near the Ottawa village of Nindebekantunning. Abundant pine forests attracted lumbermen including Charles Mears, James Ludington, and Eber Brock Ward. In 1855 the state legislature organized Mason County, named for Michigan's first governor, Stevens T. Mason. The Caswell farmhouse in Pere Marquette Township served as the county seat. In 1860, Charles Mears persuaded the board to remove the county seat to Little Sauble (later Lincoln). But remote Little Sauble could not compete with booming Ludington. In 1873, Ludington became the permanent county seat.
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Mason County Courthouse
Ludington became the Mason county seat in 1873, when county offices were moved from the now-vanished village of Little Sauble. At that time, Ludington was the county's most prosperous settlement. Formerly called Pere Marquette, Ludington was platted in 1867 by Milwaukee lumberman James Ludington. The town served as a shipping center for West Michigan lumber. Erected in 1893-94, this is the fourth structure to serve as Mason County's courthouse since the county was established
in 1855. Grand Rapids architect Sidney J. Osgood designed the Richardsonian Romanesque structure, which was built of Jacobsville sandstone from the Upper Peninsula. The courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
HM NumberHM1U1N
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed2000
Placed ByMichigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 544550 N 4867069
Decimal Degrees43.95540000, -86.44475000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 57.324', W 86° 26.685'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 57' 19.44" N, 86° 26' 41.1" W
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Area Code(s)231
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-340 US-10, Ludington MI 49431, US
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