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Custer County


Custer County is named for General George Armstrong Custer, who was a United States Army officer and who died at the Battle of Little Big Horn.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Blaine County and Loup County

E – Valley County and Sherman County

S – Buffalo County and Dawson County

W – Lincoln County and Logan County


Created:  February 17, 1877                  Map of Nebraska highlighting Custer County

County Seat:

Callaway       1877 – 1882

Broken Bow  1882 – present


County Courthouse – Broken Bow


Location:  431 South 10th Street / South E Street

Built:  1911 – 1912

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  John Latenser of Omaha

Contractor:  George P Shaul of Seneca, Kansas


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story brown colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Broken Bow. The building has a raised basement. The east front of the building has a large portico with two large white colored columns and a recessed entrance. The inside surfaces of the portico’s piers are treated with terra cotta pilasters that faithfully repeat the bases, fluting, and angular volutes of the two Roman Ionic columns. The entrance treatment is reminiscent of a Palladian motif and the second level of the wall behind the portico is surrounded by stone trim. The first and second stories have smaller white columns dividing the windows. Continuous around the courthouse’s apex is a stoned-coped parapet that is slightly pedimented on the sides. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the first story corridor is floored with ceramic tile and the staircase is of cast iron with marble treads. Located at the southwest side of the second story is the Commissioner’s Meeting Room which used to house the County District Court courtroom. On the east side of the wide hallway was the County Court courtroom which is now office space. The architect was John Latenser of Omaha and the contractor was George P Shaul of Seneca, Kansas. On the west side is the old two story red colored brick jail built in 1914.


See:  The architect, John Latenser of Omaha, designed courthouses in Cherry CountyDawes CountyFurnas County and Holt County; and John Latenser, Sr. of Omaha in Douglas County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Custer County Courthouse


County Judicial Center – Broken Bow



Location:  604 Heritage Drive / Thomas Road

Built:  2014 – 2015

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Chief Construction Company


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building faces west and was completed in 2015. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds of the Custer Campus to the west of the center of Broken Bow. On the west side is a center portico with concrete columns and glass entrance. The roof is hipped. In the interior is a large lobby area along the west side of the building. The two County District Court courtrooms are located along the north part of the east side of the building. On the south side are the two County Court courtrooms also along the east side. The center also includes a hearing room and offices for the county attorney, probation officer, court clerks and support staff. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 8th Judicial District.


Old County Courthouse – Callaway



Location:  Pacific Street and Cameron Street

Built:  1876 – 1877

Style:  Log Cabin

Architect:  Milo F Young

Contractor:  Milo F Young


Description:  The building faces south and is  one story log cabin structure. The building faces south and is a one story log structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds of the park in the center of Callaway. The building is “L” shaped. The south front and the east side have porches. The roughly hewn squared logs are laid up with crudely cut squared joints to form the chinked walls. The logs are reportedly of cedar and came from along Spring Creek on the Young Ranch. The roof is hipped. The building was the first courthouse in the county


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Old Custer County Courthouse


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


History:  The county was created in 1877 and Callaway was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1876 to 1877 and is still standing. The county seat was moved to Broken Arrow in 1882. The county occupied rented premises u8ntil the second courthouse, a two story brick structure was designed by F S Allen and constructed by B B Coleman ion 1889. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1910. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1911 to 1912 at a cost of $75,000.



County Courthouse – Broken Bow































Commissioner’s Meeting Room ( former courtroom )







Former County District Court courtroom in 2010









Commissioner Minutes



Old County Jail – Broken Bow





County Judicial Center – Broken Bow









County District Court courtroom















County Court courtroom















Old County Courthouse – Callaway









Photos taken 2010, 2016 and 2023