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.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
S – Fremont County
W – Cass County, Nebraska and Sarpy County, Nebraska
Created: January 15, 1851
Glenwood 1857 – present
County Courthouse – Glenwood
Location: 418 Sharp Street / Vine Street
Built: 1958 – 1959
Architect: B H Backlund and Associates
Contractor: Eldon Butler
Description: The building faces south and is a two story concrete and glass structure. The square shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Glenwood. 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. A metal hipped roof and roof dormers were added later. In the interior are spacious hallways and a staircase with metal railings. The large County District Court courtroom is located on the north side of the second story and the small courtroom is located on the south side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court of the 4th Judicial District. The building houses the County District Court of the 4th Judicial District. A Modernist concrete clock tower is located next to the building.
See: The 4th Judicial District includes Audubon County, Cass County, Fremont County, Harrison County, Montgomery County, Page County, Pottawattamie County and Shelby County.
History: The county was created in 1851 and Glenwood, formerly called Coonville, was selected as the county seat in 1857 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1857 at a cost of $40,000. In 1910, an addition was built by W S Doan. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1958 to 1959 at a cost of $319,038.
County Courthouse - Glenwood
County Districr Court courtroom
Painting 1857 County Courthouse
Photos taken 2008 and 2023