Hodgeman County is named for Amos Hodgeman, who was a soldier in the American Civil War and who died near Oxford, Mississippi.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
N – Ness County
S – Ford County
Created: February 26, 1867
Hodgeman Center 1879 – 1880
Jetmore 1880 – present
County Courthouse – Jetmore
Location: 500 Main Street / East Bramley Street
Built: 1929 – 1930
Style: Second Renaissance Revival
Architect: Routledge & Hertz
Contractor: William B Seller of St. Francis.
Description: The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Jetmore. The building has a stone base with three arches at the west entrance. Above there are three vertical windows with a wide cornice above the second story. The second story windows all have granite lintels and the third story windows have all have granite sills. Vertical pilasters divide the windows in the center section. A wide cornice runs below the top story. The top story has small windows and a green terra cotta tile roof. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County Distrist Court courtroom is located on the east side of the third story and is the largest and most elaborate room in the building. The plastered walls have a stippled finish with a decorative frieze around the entire room. Ornamental plaster columns are spaced around the exterior of the room. The doors have a decorative panel at the top which has been finished out giving them a total height of nine feet. The ceiling is 18.5 high and covered with acoustical tile. The floor has synthetic black and white colored tiles, which have been covered over with carpet. The judge’s bench, the jury box, and the bar are made of oak and finished in medium brown, as are the chairs for the jury and the long benches for the gallery. Decorative chandeliers hang from the ceiling and two lamps balance the bench. The building houses the County District Court of the 24th Judicial District.
Note: The construction contract for the present courthouse with William B Seller of St. Francis was $83,900. The heating and plumbing contract with D G Zimmerman & Sons of Hays was $9,968. The electrical contract with Frank C Sutton of Lincoln, Nebraska was $3,000. W D Sinclair removed the old courthouse for $500. The total cost for the courthouse and jail was $125,000.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Hodgeman County Courthouse
History: The county was created in 1867 and Hodgeman Center was selected as the county seat in 1879 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a frame structure erected by the people of Hodgeman Center in 1879. The county seat was moved to Jetmore (Buckner ) in 1880 and the second courthouse was the rented frame building Buck House owned by Elizabeth Haun. In 1881, the third courthouse was the rented stone Haun House on Main Street. In 1882, the county purchased the old courthouse from Hodgeman Center and moved it to Jetmore. The old courthouse was demolished when the fourth courthouse, a two story stone structure was designed by a Topeka architect and erected by George H Evans in 1886 at a cost of $10,000. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1929 to 1930.
County Courthouse – Jetmore
County Distrist Court courtroom
Picture 1886 County Courthouse
Photos taken 2006, 2016 and 2022