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Colfax County

Colfax County is named for Schuyler Colfax, who was a former Vice President of the United States.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Stanton County and Cuming County

E – Dodge County

S – Butler County

W – Platte County

 

Created:  March 15, 1869                       Map of Nebraska highlighting Colfax County

County Seat:

Schuyler  1869 – present

 

County Courthouse – Schuyler  

 

Location:  411 East 11th Street / C Street

Built:  1921 – 1922

Style:  Second Renaissance Revival

Architect:  George A Berlinghof of Beatrice

Contractor:  R O Stake of Lincoln

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a four story buff colored brick, concrete and stone structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Schuyler. The building has a symmetrical, five-bay facade constructed of gray colored brick with terra-cotta and stone trim. The brick of the first story is laid in bands to resemble rustication. The central entrance is flanked by the original free-standing lamps and surmounted by a curved pediment. The north front has stone trim around the first story entrance. There are three recessed panels of windows with a wide header and crest at the top. The fourth story is recessed. The base of the building is concrete. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located on the south side of the third story. The ceiling is the most striking feature with recessed panels and elaborate plaster moldings and cornices. The original oak furniture, ceiling fixtures, and wall sconces remain intact. Acoustical tiles have been placed in some ceiling, wall, and window panels. The County Court courtroom is located at the northwest corner of the third story. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 5th Judicial District.

 

Note:  During construction, the following contractors were involved: Superintendent was Edward H Vrana of Schuyler; Plumbing and heating was L J Zimola of Schuyler; Electrical was E A Schmidt Omaha Printing Co. of Omaha; Wood and metal vault furniture was J L Brandeis & Sons of Omaha; Linoleum was Plumfield Nurseries of Fremont and Landscaping Soldiers’ monument was Lincoln Fine Arts Shop, Lincoln.

 

See:  The architect, George A Berlinghof of Beatrice, designed courthouses in Franklin County, Greeley County, Howard County, Kearney CountyLincoln CountyNemaha County, Seward County and Thayer County; and in Iowa in Crawford County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Coplfax County Courthouse

 

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

 

History:  The county was created in 1869 and Schuyler was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story structure built by Charles Lightfoot in 1871 to 1872. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1921 to 1922.

 

 

County Courthouse – Schuyler  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictures of Courtroom courtsey of Colfax County District Court

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Picture Schuyler Colfax

Photos taken 2009 and 2023