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Thayer County

Thayer County is named for John Milton Thayer, who was a Civil War general and a Governor of Nebraska.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Fillmore County

E – Jefferson County

S – Republic County, Kansas

W – Nuckolls County

 

Created:  March 1, 1871                                     Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska

County Seat:

Hebron  1871 – present

 

County Courthouse –  Hebron  

 

Location:  225 North 4th Street / Olive Avenue

Built:  1901 – 1902

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  George A Berlinghof of Beatrice

Contractor:  Robert Butke of Omaha

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story gray-brown colored Indiana Bedford limestone and Vermont marble structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hebron. The castle-like building is square in shape and is constructed using Indiana Bedford limestone and Vermont marble. The basement is raised forming the first story and the east front has a large central arch with recessed entrance. The second story windows are arched and third story has castle-like turrets and a clock below the flat roof line. In the interior is a grand staircase rising to the third story. An arched alcove contains a small museum. The County District Court courtroom is located on the west side of the third story as well as a library and jury room. The County Court courtroom is located on the north side of the second story. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 1st Judicial District. 

 

Note:  The courthouse had a central tower above the east entrance that was so badly damaged by the Hebron tornado of 1953 that it was removed.

 

See:  The architect, George A Berlinghof of Beatrice, designed courthouses in Colfax County, Franklin County, Greeley County, Howard County, Kearney CountyLincoln CountyNemaha County and Seward Countyand in Iowa in Crawford County.

 

See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Fillmore County, Gage County, Jefferson County, Johnson CountyNehama CountyOtoe CountyPawnee County and Richardson County and Saline County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1871 and Hebron was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story wooden structure built in 1877 with the jail cell underneath having two small port holes. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1901 to 1902.

 

 

County Courthouse – Hebron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library

 

 

Museum

 

 

County Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2010 and 2023