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Cuming County

Cuming County is named for Thomas B Cuming, who was an early governor of the Nebraska Territory.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wayne County and Thurston County

E – Thurston County and Burt County

S – Dodge County and Colfax County

W – Stanton County

 

Created:  March 16, 1855                       Map of Nebraska highlighting Cuming County

County Seat:

West Point  1855 – present

 

County Courthouse –  West Point  

 

Location:  200 South Lincoln Street / East Church Street

Built:  1954 – 1955

Style:  Modern

Architect:  B H Backlund and Associates Inc. of Omaha

Contractor:  Parsons Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story concrete, buff colored brick and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of West Point. The building has a concrete overhang with glass walls at the entrance. Above the entrance is a panel of windows. On the south side, the roof overhangs the building and there are two horizontal bands of white colored concrete between the windows. On the north side, the north section rises to three stories. In the interior is a staircase at the west entrance. There are vinyl and ceramic floor coverings. The walls are corkboard finished with plaster. The large County District Court and County Court courtroom is located on the east side of the second story. There is a large mural on the east wall. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 7th Judicial District.

 

See:  The architect, B H Backlund and Associates Inc. of Omaha, designed courthouses in Boyd County and Brown County.

 

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

 

History:  The county was created in 1855 and West Point ( Philadelphia ) was selected as the county seat in 1857 when the county was organized. The first office was a log cabin in 1858 and use of rental premises. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure started by R B Rochford and completed by Edmund Krause in 1874 after Rochford failed to complete the construction. The total cost was $40,000. The second courthouse was constructed in 1954 to 1955 at a cost of $400,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – West Point

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court and County Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008, 2016 and 2023