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Thurston County

Thurston County is named for John M Thurston, who was a United States senator from Nebraska.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Dixon County and Dakota County

E – Woodbury County, Iowa and Monona County, Iowa

S – Burt County and Cuming County 

W – Wayne County


Created:  March 28, 1889                       Map of Nebraska highlighting Thurston County

County Seat:

Pender  1889 – present


County Courthouse – Pender  


Location:  106 South 5th Street / North Main Street

Built:  1895 – 1896

Style:  Late Victoria and Romanesque

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pender. In 1927, the building was purchased for use as a courthouse. The raised basement is white colored concrete. The building has a central tower with the entrance on the first story and a peaked roof at the third story. The north and south sections have hipped roofs. The interior has eight rooms. The floors and stairs are wood and the walls are paneled. The ceiling on the top story is the original metal ceiling. The combined District Court and County Court courtroom is located on the north side of the second story. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 6th Judicial District. Work was completed in 1927 to change the building to the courthouse. The original architect and contractor are unknown. The architect in 1927 was J F Reynolds of Sioux City, Iowa and the contractor was unknown.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Thurston County Courthouse


Old County Courthouse – Pender  



Location:  400 Main Street / North 4th Street

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  Second Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick structure.  The building is “U” shaped. The centered portion which is six bays, is recessed slightly from the three-bay ends, The building was known as the “Peebles House”. The building became the Palace Hotel. The building served as the courthouse from 1908 to 1927 with the courtroom located on the second story. The center of the building is recessed and the roof line is flat.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – First Thurston County Courthouse


See:  The 6th Judicial District includes Burt CountyCedar CountyDakota CountyDixon County, Dodge County and Washington County.



County Courthouse – Pender



















County District Court and County Court courtroom











Board of Supervisors Meeting Room



Old County Courthouse – Pender





Photos taken 2008, 2010 and 2023