Nemaha County

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Nemaha County is named for the Native American Otoe word “Ne-ma-ha” meaning “muddy water” or “swampy water” which applied to the Nemaha River. The word may have refered to “water of the Omahas”, “further up water”,”water of cultivation” or “no papose”.


Created:  August 25, 1855

County Seat:

Seneca  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Seneca 


Location:  607 Nemaha Street / North 5th Street

Built:  1954 – 1955

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Thomas, Harris, Calvin & Associates

Contractor:  Edmonds Construction Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a one story light red-orange colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The entrance is along the east end of the south side. The entrance is recessed with glass doors. On the east side is a stone faced section. On the west side the roof overhangs and it does on the east side of the building. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The previous courthouse was constructed by James A McGonagle in 1877. The building was demolished.



N – Pawnee County, Nebraska and Richardson County, Nebraska

E – Brown County and Jackson County

S – Jackson County and Pottawatomie County

W – Marshall County














Photos taken 2009