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Blaine County


Blaine County is named for James G Blaine, who was Secretary of State and a presidential candidate, and who lived from 1830 to 1893.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cherry County and Brown County

E – Loup County

S – Custer County

W – Thomas County


Created:  March 5, 1885                         Map of Nebraska highlighting Blaine County

County Seat:

Ladora     1886 – 1887

Brewster  1887 – present


County Courthouse – Brewster


Location:  145 Lincoln Avenue / Paddock Street

Built:  1908

Style:  Federal

Architect:  J W Crooker

Contractor:  G A Vanderweer


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story gray colored concrete block structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Brewster. The east front of the square shaped building has a small protruding entrance on the first story. The windows are small and roof is sloped on four sides. On the south side is a one story addition built in 1967. The building was expanded and remodeled in 1996 moving the combined County District Court and County Court courtroom to the north side of the first story from the second story. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 8th Judicial District.


See:  The 8th Judicial District includes Boyd County, Brown CountyCherry County, Custer CountyGarfield CountyGreeley CountyHolt CountyHoward County, Keya Paha County, Loup CountyRock County, Sherman CountyValley County and Wheeler County.


History:  The county was created in 1885 and Ladora was selected as the county seat in 1886. In 1887, the county seat was changed to Brewster. The county offices first met in Brewster in 1886. The only full time employee was the County Treasurer. The first courthouse was a two story concrete block structure built by A D McIntyre in 1889 at a cost of $2,185. The courthouse was destroyed by fire September 7, 1907. The second and present courthouse was reconstructed in 1908 at a cost of $1,000. In 1996, the cost of expanding and remodeling the courthouse was $48,300.



County Courthouse – Brewster  











County District Court and County Court courtroom

Photos taken 2006 and 2010