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Douglas County

Douglas County is named for Stephen Arnold Douglas, a United States Senator, statesman, and leader of the Democratic Party.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Carson City and Lyon County

E – Lyon County

S – Mono County, California and Alpine County, California

W – El Dorado County, California and Placer County, California


Created:  November 25, 1861                                                    Map of Nevada highlighting Douglas County

County Seat: 

Genoa   1861 – 1916

Minden  1916 – present


County Courthouse – Minden


Location:  1616 Eight Street / 6th Street

Built:  1981 – 1982

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Dolven Larson Daniels

Contractor:  O & D Construction


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story cream and brown colored concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Minden and is a long east to west rectangular shape, The south front has a recessed central entrance on the first story. The windows have projecting concrete frames. A horizontal brown band runs along the roof line and between the first and second stories. The roof line is flat.


County Administration Building – Minden



Location:  1594 Esmeralda Avenue / 6th Street

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Frederic J DeLongchamps and George L F O’Brien

Contractor:  Friedhoff and Hoeffel


Description:  The building faces east and is a one story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Minden. The east front has a large porch with four columns rising to a wide header at the roof line. The central entrance is recessed. The center section of the building projects with north and south wings behind. The roof line is flat. The building is set in landscaped grounds and now houses the Douglas County Administration. The building served as the courthouse until 1982. The building was remodeled in 1982 to 1983. The architect was Dolven Larson Daniels and the contractor was N Bugica & Associates.


See:   Frederic J DeLongchamps designed courthouses located in Carson City ( Ormsby County ), Humboldt County, Lander County, Lyon County, Perishing County and Washoe County. He also designed the California courthouse in Alpine County.


Old County Courthouse – Genoa



Location:  Main Street / 5th Street

Built:  1865

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Rufus Adams and Lawrence Gilman

Contractor:  Rufus Adams and Lawrence Gilman


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Genoa. The east front has a long porch supported by four pillars and with a long balcony on the second story. The entrance is framed as is the second story doorway. The eaves overhanf and the roof is hipped. The building now houses the Carson Valley Historical Society.


History:  The county was created in 1861 and Genoa was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story red colored brick structure built in 1865 and is still standing. The county seat was moved to Minden in 1916 and the second courthouse was constructed in 1915 to 1916 and now houses the county administration. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1981 to 1982.



County Courthouse – Minden











County Administration ( Old County Courthouse ) – Minden









Old County Courthouse – Genoa







Photos taken 2013