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Mount Pleasant in Isabella County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Isabella County Courthouse and Jail

 
 
Isabella County Courthouse and Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, October 25, 2015
1. Isabella County Courthouse and Jail Marker
Inscription.  A few years after the construction of the Isabella County Courthouse, pictured in the background, the county jail was erected on the courthouse square. Sanborn Insurance maps for 1884 show the jail at this location. This potcard view, dating from 1908, has the camera pointed northwest from Court Street. The Sheriff's office and jail were to the left and his residence was to the right.

Citizens had various reasons to come to the jail. It was necessary to apply at the Sheriff's office to receive a Michigan Drivers License if you were a resident of Isabella County. This was in the years before the establishment of the branch office of the Secretary of State. In 1961 a new jail was built just north of the one pictured. When completed the old red brick jail was demolished. Later additions to the new 1961 jail extended southward so that the present jail completely covers the site on the postcard.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & PoliticsLaw Enforcement. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
 
Location. 43° 36.426′ N, 84° 46.565′ W. Marker
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is in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, in Isabella County. Marker is at the intersection of East Lincoln Street and North Main Street on East Lincoln Street. The marker is next to the old courthouse cupola in the Isabella County Courthouse parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 North Main Street, Mount Pleasant MI 48858, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Isabella County Courthouse Postcards (here, next to this marker); The Isabella County Court House was already over thirty years old… (here, next to this marker); Doughty House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Isabella County Seat / The Founding of Mount Pleasant (about 600 feet away); Central Michigan University (approx. ¼ mile away); Sacred Heart Academy (approx. ¼ mile away); Peter E. Richmond / Peter and Anna Richmond House (approx. half a mile away); St. John's Episcopal Church (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Pleasant.
 
Isabella County Courthouse and Jail Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joel Seewald, October 25, 2015
2. Isabella County Courthouse and Jail Marker
This marker is the one on the right. Behind the markers is the old courthouse cupola.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 7, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 19, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 350 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 19, 2016, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
 
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