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Perkins County

Perkins County is named for Charles E Perkins, President of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railway system.

 

Surrounding Counyu Courthouses: 

N – Keith County

E – Lincoln County

S – Hayes County and Chase County

W – Sedgwick County, Colorado and Phillips County, Colorado

 

Created:  November 8, 1887                  Map of Nebraska highlighting Perkins County

County Seat:

Grant  1888 – present

 

County Courthouse – Grant 

 

Location:  200 Lincoln Avenue / 2nd Street

Built:  1926 – 1927

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  J F Reynolds

Contractor:  Cork & Ferrier

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story brown-buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Grant. The east front has four fluted stone columns rising from the second to the third story. The first story entrance is recessed. Two distinctive two-globe wall lights have small lion’s heads and a torch shape executed in metal flanking the entry. A wide cornice runs below the flat roof line. In the interior, the floorplan is a truncated X-shape on the first story, but is T-shaped on upper stories. Notable interior elements include grey marble staircases and wainscoting, metal banisters in a geometric pattern, moulded plaster panels and cornices in hallways, and green metal counters in offices. The County District Court courtroom is located on the third story in the northwest corner and it retains a number of important original features, including attractive dark woodwork of the bar and judge’s bench, moulded pilasters set on high bases, and distinctive light fixtures. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 11th Judicial District.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Perkins County Courthouse

 

Old County Courthouse – Grant 

 

 

Location:  300 Central Avenue / 3rd Street

Built:  1889 – 1890

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and rusticated stone structure. The  rectangular shaped building is located in the center of Grant. The southwest corner has an arched entryway supported by massive columns. Along the south side towards the east is another arched entrance. The first and second story windows are separated by pilasters. The second story windows are arched and a corbeled brick cornice is at the flat roof line. This former courthouse was originally built as the First National Bank building and in 1901 it was converted into the courthouse. After the new courthouse was erected in 1926 this building has served as the Grant, Nebraska Post Office, a barber shop, and an antique store. 

 

See:  The 11th Judicial District includes Arthur CountyChase County, Dawson CountyDundy County, Frontier County, Furnas County, Gosper County, Hayes CountyHitchcock County, Hooker CountyKeith CountyLincoln County, Logan CountyMcPherson CountyRed Willow County and Thomas County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1887 and Grant was selected as the county seat in 1888. The first courthouse was a modest frame structure built in 1888. The second courthouse was a bank converted to a courthouse in 1901 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1926 to 1927 at a cost of $126,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Grant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court and County Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court and County Court courtroom in 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Grant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2007, 2010, 2016 and 2023