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Deuel County

Deuel County is named for a railroad official whose name has been lost.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Garden County

E – Keith County

S – Sedgwick County, Colorado

W – Cheyenne County 


Created:  November 6, 1888                  Map of Nebraska highlighting Deuel County

County Seat:

Chappell  1889 – present


County Courthouse – Chappell  


Location:  718 3rd Street / Babcock Avenue

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  John James Huddart of Denver, Colorado

Contractor:  M J Kenney of Denver, Colorado


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story square buff colored brick, stone, metal and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Chappell. The building has a raised basement as the first story and the entrance is on the second story. The south front has a small pediment over the entrance. A white colored projecting cornice runs below the roof line. The roof line is flat with a raised parapet on the center of each side and raised corner parapets. Interior details are relatively simple with limited oak woodwork, several plaster consoles, an oak bannister. The floorplan has a modified or uneven T-shaped hallway. Halls from the two entrances meet at the center of the second story, then the north-south hall continues north a short distance where more offices open off it. On the south side the steps up to the second story and down to the first story basement are both on the exterior. Stairs to the second story are located in the west hall. The combined County District Court and County Court courtroom is located on the south side of the third story. The courtroom has modern oak paneling but retains its high ceiling, oak trim, and furnishings. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 12th Judicial District.


See:  The architect, John James Huddart of Denver, Colorado, designed courthouses in Colorado in Adams County, Arapahoe County, Cheyenne County, Custer County, Elbert County, Logan County, Saguache County, Summit County and Washington County and in Nebraska in Garden County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places


See:  The 12th Judicial District includes Banner CountyBox Butte CountyCheyenne County, Dawes CountyGarden CountyGrant County, Kimball County, Morrill CountyScotts Bluff County, Sheridan County and Sioux County.


History:  The county was created in 1888 and Chappell was selected as the county seat in 1889 and confirmed in 1894. The first courthouse was built in 1889. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 19125 to 1916 at a cost of $21,505.



County Courthouse – Chappell 

























County District Court and County Court courtroom











Courtroom in 2010








Photos taken 2006, 2010 and 2023