Penokee Iron Range Trail – Historic Iron County Courthouse
Iron County Heritage Area
The Town incorporated Hurley’s rich iron ore mines. The community’s wealth and population were booming. Iron ore from the Penokee Range streamed through Ashland’s port bound for eastern steel mills, providing tax income to replace Ashland County’s rapidly dwindling timber revenues.
After years of political gridlock, Iron County was proclaimed Wisconsin’s 70th county on March 3, 1893, but no provision was made to house the new government. The fledgling Iron County Board was forced to meet in a shack in downtown Hurley.
The unique turreted structure before you was originally built for the Town of Vaughn in 1893. The large arch on the building’s façade opened to the town’s horse drawn fire department. The building’s most distinguishing feature, its massive tower, housed the fire bell and a city clock. The clock tower was considered an extravagance by many of Hurley’s early taxpayers and almost was erased from the architectural plans.
Needing a more dignified seat for the new county government, the Iron County board purchased the building for $32,000 in 1894. It served as the Iron County Courthouse until 1975.
Today it is home to the Iron County Historical Museum and the area’s
Location. 46° 26.878′ N, 90° 10.985′ W. Marker is in Hurley, Wisconsin, in Iron County. Marker is at the intersection of Iron Street and 3rd Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Iron Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 Iron Street, Hurley WI 54534, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. This 5 ½ Foot Diameter Drill Core (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Curry House (approx. 1.2 miles away in Michigan); Iron Mining in Wisconsin (approx. 1.2 miles away); Norrie Park (approx. 1½ miles away in Michigan); The Truth Behind the Legend of Stormy Kromer (approx. 2.2 miles away in Michigan); Pabst Mine "H" Shaft (approx. 2.3 miles away in Michigan); Penokee Iron Range Trail – Gile Falls (approx. 2.4 miles away); The City of Montreal (approx. 2.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurley.
Also see . . . Iron County Historical Museum website. (Submitted on August 4, 2011, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 2, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 632 times since then. Last updated on August 4, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 2, 2011, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.