Sault Ste. Marie is the oldest city in Michigan and it is no surprise that one of the oldest courthouses in the Great Lakes State can be found there. The Chippewa County Courthouse was built in 1877. The Second Empire building was constructed with limestone from Drummond Island and trimmed in red sandstone extracted from the second canal. The walls of this historic building are two feet thick in some places. The old courthouse was renovated in 1989 and a wooden statue of Lady Justice stands in the clock tower watching the ships pass through the Soo Locks which are a few blocks away.
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