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Antelope County

Antelope County is named for the large number of antelope found in the area.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Knox County

E – Pierce County and Madison County

S – Boone County

W – Wheeler County and Holt County


Created:  March 1, 1871                         Map of Nebraska highlighting Antelope County

County Seat:

Oakdale  1871 – 1874

Neligh     1874 – present


County Courthouse – Neligh


Location:  501 Main Street / East 4th Street

Built:  1894 – 1896

Style:  Federal and Beaux Arts

Architect:  George E MacDonald and  Fred Thorton

Contractor:  J N Mills


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Neligh. The west front has a projecting section in the center with arched windows on either side of the first story entrance and above is stone trim. On the second story is a large arched windows flanked by an arched window on either side and with stone trim above. At the peak is an antelope. The north and south front corners have steep roofs with white colored pointed tops. In the interior, the hallways, offices, and courtroom are very plain yet functional in design. The combined County District Court and County Court courtroom is located on the west side of the second story. In 1966, the Courthouse Annex was constructed on the north side. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 7th Judicial District. The architect was B H Backlund & Associates Inc. of Omaha and the contractor was Busboom & Rauh of Salina, Kansas. In 2003, an addition was constructed between the Courthouse Annex. The architect was Berggren & Woll of Lincoln and the contractor was RaDec Construction Company Inc. of Hartington.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Antelope County Courthouse


See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Cuming County, Knox County, Madison County, Pierce CountyStanton County and Wayne County.


History:  The county was created in 1871 and Oakdale was selected as the county seat. In 1883, the county seat was moved to Neligh. The county rented two buildings at $1000 per year. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1894 to 1895 at a cost of $15,238.



County Courthouse – Neligh    



















County District Court and County Court courtroom













Photos taken 2009, 2010 and 2016