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Ludington and Mason County

The first Euro-American settlement in Mason County began in 1847 when the Caswell Family moved here from New York. They were soon followed by lumbermen attracted by the abudant forrests in the area. In 1855, Mason County, named for the first governor of Michigan Stevens T. Mason, was organized. In 1860 the town of Little Sauble (now gone) was made the county seat. Ludington far outgrew its neighbor however, and was made the county seat in 1873. Ludington was named for James Ludington, one of the founders of the town. I really like the current courthouse (the counties fourth) which was designed by Grand Rapids architect Sydney J. Osgood. It uses the Richardsonian Romanesque style of architecture and is built of Jacobsville Sandstone from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Ludington Historic District

Ludington has a nice historic district with several buildings of historical and/or architectural interest.


There are a few different museums in town; but the one I most recommend is the Sandcastle's Childrens Museum. The museum is well presented and uses multi-media displays, with lots of hands-on to stimulate the imagination of children of all ages. Even old ones like me!

  • Last visit to Ludington: Aug 2011
  • Intro Updated Jul 14, 2012
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    Jul 14, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Alright, now when I visit I can write a few and we will have a compilation from Ludington.


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