Mills County

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Mills County is named for Frederick Mills, who was a lawyer and an officer in the Mexican War, and who was killed at the Battle of Cherubusco in 1847.


Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Glenwood  1857 – present


County Courthouse – Glenwood


Location:  418 Sharp Street / Vine Street

Built:  1958 – 1959

Style:  Modern

Architect:  B H Backlund and Associates

Contractor:  Eldon Butler


Description: The building faces south and is a two story square concrete and glass structure. The building is located on spacious grounds. The south front has a small glass enclosed portico. The building has a Spanish style red colored tile roof. Colored panels are placed between the windows. The roof is hipped.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1857 at a cost of $40,000. An addition was constructed by W S Doan in 1910. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $319,038.



N – Pottawattamie County 

E – Montgomery County

S – Fremont County

W – Cass County, Nebraska and Sarpy County, Nebraska










Photos taken 2008