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Ludington in Mason County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mason County / Mason County Courthouse

 
 
Mason County Marker (Side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2016
1. Mason County Marker (Side A)
Inscription.

(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.

(Side B)
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

Mason County Courthouse Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2016
2. Mason County Courthouse Marker (Side B)
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.
 
Erected 2000 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L0404.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 43° 57.324′ N, 86° 26.685′ W. Marker is in Ludington, Michigan, in Mason County. Marker is at the intersection of Ludington Avenue (U.S. 10) and Rowe Street, on the right when traveling east on Ludington Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 304 East Ludington Avenue, Ludington MI 49431, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mason County Veterans Memorial (here, next to this marker); Swedish Lutheran Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. half a mile away); S.S. Badger / Ludington Car Ferries (approx. half a mile away); S.S. Pere Marquette 18 (approx. ¾ mile away); S.S. City of Flint 32
Mason County / Mason County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2016
3. Mason County / Mason County Courthouse Marker
Courthouse in background
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Armistice Day Storm (approx. 0.8 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ludington.
 
Also see . . .  Mason County, Michigan, Official Website. (Submitted on August 30, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Mason County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2016
4. Mason County Courthouse
North Elevation
Mason County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2016
5. Mason County Courthouse
West Elevation
Mason County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2016
6. Mason County Courthouse
North Elevation Detail
Mason County Courthouse Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 23, 2016
7. Mason County Courthouse Cornerstone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 117 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on August 30, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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