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Butler County

Butler County is named for David Butler, who was the first state governor of Nebraska from 1867 to 1872.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Platte County and Colfax County

E – Saunders County

S – Seward County

W – Polk County


Created:  January 26, 1856                                Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska

County Seat:

David City  1856 – present


County Courthouse – David City 


Location:  451 North 5th Street / E Street

Built:  1962 – 1963

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Raymond H Reed, Wurdeman & Associates

Contractor:  Gerwick General Contractors


Description:  The building faces east and is a one story red brick, stone. glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of David City. The east front has a recessed center section that rises higher than the north and south sections and has stone facing around the entrance. The north and south sections alternate with windows and red brick facing. The roof line is flat. In the interior, a hallway runs east-west. The combined County District Court and County Court courtroom is along the north side of the building. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 5th Judicial District. There is a covered walkway on the south part of the west side between the building and the Justice Center section. Along the west side is the Justice Center which is attached to the courthouse along the north side. The east front of the square shaped building has a long porch with brick pillars. A white colored base runs below the windows. On the west side are high horizontal windows. The roof line is flat.



See:  The 5th Judicial District includes Boone County, Colfax CountyHamilton County, Merrick CountyNance County, Platte CountyPolk CountySaunders CountySeward County and York County.   


History:  The county was created in 1856 and Savannah City was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was erected in 1857. The county seat was moved to David City in 1873. The second courthouse was built in 1873 at a cost of $1,470. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure was designed by William Gray and constructed by Childester & Barras in 1890. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1963 to 1964. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2006 to 2007.



County Courthouse – David City











County District Court and County Court courtroom

















Picture 1890 County Courthouse



Justice Center – David City







Photos taken 2009 and 2023