Iron County Courthouse
|Iron County Courthouse, Crystal Falls|
This splendidly sited Romanesque Revival courthouse from 1890 is perhaps Michigan's most memorable courthouse. Visitors can explore the interior of this well-preserved building and admire details like the oak wainscoting, carved oak balustrade, and decorative door hinges. The columns flanking the big entrance arch were quarried locally from outcrops along the Paint River. Look up before entering for a dramatic view of the towers and the galvanized metal female figures of Law, Mercy, and Justice over the entrance.
A careful restoration of the courthouse was finished at the end of 2004. The lighted tower clock is still being worked on. Restorations of this caliber are not common in the Upper Peninsula. Visit www.iron.org to see many subcontractors involved in building an annex, cleaning the brick, mortar replacement, asbestos removal, rebuilding the tower, stenciling Victorian decorations, and making a new sword for Justice.
Now there's a history room on the first floor with five display cases with changing exhibits, one case for each of the county's museums (in Caspian, Crystal Falls, Alpha, and Amasa) and one for artifacts from the courthouse itself. There are some gorgeous minerals, plus regional rocks and iron samples. A souvenir courthouse mug can be purchased at the County Clerk's office.
2 S. Sixth at the head of Superior, a block west of U.S. 2. (906) 875-3301. Open Mon-Fri 8-4 Central Time, closed 12-12:30. Wheelchair access: use rear entrance off parking lot.
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POINTS OF INTEREST
Downtown Crystal Falls. A classic 1930s WPA post office mural; a 1920s theater with impressive organ; an exceptional sausage shop with takeout sandwiches and soups; a shoemaker/shoe store that's a time trip, a big antique shop; and a pasty/pierogi factory that sells seconds for less. ... more
Runkle Lake Park and Recreation Complex. A mile east of Crystal Falls, this 1920s park has swimming and a beach on Runkle Lake, a log shelter in the pines, a fishing pier, tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts. ... more
Peavy Pond & Michigamme Reservoir /Wisconsin Electric Power. Fishing, paddling, boating, and primitive camping in wilderness areas are possible at these impoundments with long shorelines and many arms. ... more