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Sarpy County

Sarpy County is named for Peter A Sarpy, who was an early fur trader located in the Bellevue area.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Douglas County

E – Pottawattamie County, Iowa and Mills County, Iowa 

S – Cass County

W – Saunders County


Created:  February 7, 1857                    Map of Nebraska highlighting Sarpy County

County Seat:

Bellevue   1857 – 1875

Papillion   1875 – present


County Hall of Justice – Papillion


Location:  1210 Golden Gate Drive / Cedardale Road

Built:  1971 – 1973  /  1973 – 1975

Style:  Modern

Architect:  McGaughy, Marshall, McMillan & Backlund

Contractor:  Lueder Construction Company of Omaha


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the south of the center of Papillion.  The building has large arches with windows and a north facing entrance located towards the south. The north section is the Hall of Justice with four County Court courtrooms at the center and four County District Court courtrooms on the north side. On the south side is the Administration Wing with a long hallway with glass windows along the south. The building houses the District Court, County Court and County Juvenile Court of the 7th Judicial District. Construction of the administrative wing on the south side was started in 1973. The building was completed in 1974. The architect was McGaughy, Marshall, McMillan & Backlund and the contractor was D R Anderson Company of Omaha. In 2009, the Hall of Justice building was remodeled and renovated. The architect was Al Povondra and the contractor was All Purpose Construction.


Note:  The Courthouse Complex consists of the central Hall of Justice with the attached Administrative Wing on the south side, the Administrative Addition on the east side and the Law Enforcement Building on the west side. The old courthouse which is now the Papillion City Hall is located in the downtown area to the north.


Old County Courthouse – Papillion



Location:  122 East Third Street / Washington Street

Built:  1922 – 1923

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William F Gernandt of Omaha

Contractor:  John L Soderberg & Company of Omaha


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff colored brick, stone  and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on the landscaped grounds of a steep terraced site in the center of Papillion. The building has rusticated brick. On the south front is a projecting center section with four fluted columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story with wide header above at the roof line. A horizontal belt runs between the first and second stories and a cornice runs below the roof line. In the interior, the floorplan is “T” shaped, and the principal hallway runs the east-west length of the first story with a short stub at the center from the principal or south entrance. Staircases to the upper stories occur at this stub. The former third floor County District Court courtroom located at the center, was converted to the City Council Chamber. Notable courtroom elements include lincrusta panels, heavy wood mouldings, ornate plaster consoles, and a colorful ceramic tile floor. The building was the former Sarpy County Court House from 1923 to 1973 and now serves as the Papillion City Hall.


See:  The architect, William F Gernandt of Omaha, designed courthouses in Clay County, Dawson County, Merrick County, Pawnee County, Phelps CountyPolk County, Richardson County, Valley County and Webster County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Third Sarpy County Courthouse


County Administrative Addition – Papillion



Location:  1210 Golden Gate Drive / Cedardale Road

Built:  2006 – 2008

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Al Povondra of Carlson West Povondra

Contractor:  Upland Construction


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red and buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the east side of the County Government Complex. The entrance is located at the northeast corner with a recessed entrance. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Administration Addition.


First County Courthouse – Bellevue



Location:  2112 Main Street / Mission Avenue

Built:  1856

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bellevue. The west front has two entrances with horizontal header running across the width of the building. The roof is hipped. The building was built for the Fontanelle Bank which failed in 1857. The building served as the courthouse from 1861 to 1975 and then become the Bellevue City Hall until 1959.


Note:  The  building is the oldest former courthouse in Nebraska and the oldest public building in Nebraska which has been in continuous use as a courthouse since its completion is located in Otoe County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Bellevue Town Hall


History:  The county was created in 1857 and Bellevue was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1856 and occupied as a courthouse in 1861. The building 1s still standing. The county seat was moved to Papillion in 1875. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1875. The third courthouse was constructed in 1922 to 1923 and is still standing and used as the Papillion City Hall. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1971 to 1973.



County Courthouse – Papillion 















County Court courtroom











County District Court courtroom















Old County Courthouse ( City Hall ) – Papillion 















City Council Chamber ( former courtroom )













County Administration Addition – Papillion





First County Courthouse – Bellevue









Photos taken 2008, 2016 and 2023