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Historical Societies in Antrim County
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The Antrim County Courthouse celebrated its one-hundredth birthday in 2005. The corner stone was laid on November 10, 1904. It was actually the third building to house the Antrim County seat, for Elk Rapids had been the original location. This put it at the most southwest corner of the county, making it an overnight trip for those coming from the northeast area. An election was held in favor of moving it to the middle of the county, and at this time Keno not only lost its baseball field, as it had become the grounds of the new Courthouse, but lost the name of Keno as well, for in 1880 it was changed to Bellaire. After the move the County Seat was then temporarily housed in Kearney Township Hall until the completion of the "Old Courthouse" on November 16th, 1905. The first person to take up office in the new Courthouse was Ralph Wiltse as County Treasurer. It served us well for the next sixty-five years when we were called to arms to fight to keep it from being torn down in the early 1970's. The fight was won and it was named as a Michigan Historical Site in 1974. It is still in use today with all our court proceedings still taking place in the old picturesque Courthouse. An additional building was built, that now houses all our County officers and records.
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This page last updated on 2/2/2010.
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