Dickinson County / Dickinson County Courthouse and Jail

Dickinson County / Dickinson County Courthouse and Jail (HM2043)

Location: Iron Mountain, MI 49801 Dickinson County
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N 45° 48.984', W 88° 3.885'

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Dickinson County
In 1873, John Lane Buell exposed one of the richest deposits of iron ore in the world. His discovery, known as the Menominee Iron Range, led to the development of the area and the subsequent creation of Dickinson County in 1891. The last of Michigan's eighty-three counties to be organized, it was named for Donald M. Dickinson, a prominent Detroit attorney and the postmaster general in the first administration of President Grover Cleveland (1885-1889). Three of Michigan's largest iron mines were located in Iron Mountain, which had an abundant supply of water power and was served by two major railroads. Iron Mountain became a center of commerce and distribution for the range and was the natural location for the county seat once the county organized.
Dickinson County Courthouse and Jail

This Richardsonian Romanesque courthouse, erected in 1896-97, is constructed of rock-faced brick, trimmed with Portage Entry sandstone. James E. Clancy, a locally recognized architect who specialized in planning public buildings on the Menominee Iron Range, designed the courthouse. County offices opened here only five years after Dickinson County was created by act of the Michigan State Legislature. The jail, designed to complement the larger structure, originally had thirty-four cells for male prisoners,
and two wards for juvenile and female prisoners on the first floor, with the sheriff's quarters on the first and second floors. County offices moved into the building in 1892.
HM NumberHM2043
Year Placed2000
Placed ByMichigan Historical Center, Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 at 1:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 417281 N 5074199
Decimal Degrees45.81640000, -88.06475000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 45° 48.984', W 88° 3.885'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds45° 48' 59.04" N, 88° 3' 53.1" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)906
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 705 S Stephenson Ave, Iron Mountain MI 49801, US
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