Keweenaw County Michigan

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Keweenaw County Courthouse Courtesy of Bill Carney

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Set off from Houghton County by an act of the Legislature, approved March 11, 1861, and was described as follows: "All that portion of Houghton County lying north of Township 55 north, of Range 31 west, and north of Township 56, in Ranges 32 and 33 west, including Manitou Islands of Lake Superior, and Isle Royale," were declared "organized into a new county, to be called Keweenaw County," and an election for electing county officers was directed to be held on the first Monday in April following. The official notice of the passage of the act, and the order for holding the election, did not, however, reach the Supervisors of the townships thus set off into the new county organization until the time appointed for holding the election had passed. They, however, held a meeting April 18, 1861, and appointed the 18th of May following as a day for holding a special election to complete the working organization of the county. After mature consideration, finding it would not comply with the act, the motion was rescinded at a meeting held April 30, in order to enable them to consult the State authorities, and the election passed over until the next general election in the fall following.

The county seat was established at Eagle River, where a convenient court house was erected, but no jail has yet been built; a building has been rented and fitted up for that purpose. From and 1883 history about Keweenaw County. Read More.....


Surrounding County MIGenWeb Sites

People travelled and did business in neighboring counties, moved from county to county for work, etc. Their family members spread out, so it is best to check the surrounding counties for family members, also.

Houghton Co. | Ontonagon Co. | Gogebic Co. | Iron Co. | Baraga Co.


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