Clay County

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Clay County is named for Henry Clay, who was an American statesman, U.S. Senator and Congressman from Kentucky 1806-1852, U.S. Secretary of State 1825-1829, three times Speaker of the House and three times candidate for president.


Created:  March 7, 1855

County Seat:

Clay Center  1856 – present


County Courthouse – Clay Center 


Location:  111 West Fairfield Street / South Alexander Avenue

Built:  1918 – 1919

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William F Gernandt of Omaha

Contractor:  Olson – Magee Company.


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick structure. The north front has a projecting center section with two columns rising from the first to second story on either side of the recessed center. There is a column on either side of the balcony on the second story and above is a wide header with crest. A projecting horizontal cornice runs below the first story and another runs below the flat roof line.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by W D Young and constructed in 1888. The building was demolished.


See:  The architect, William F Gernandt of Omaha, designed courthouses in Dawson County, Merrick County, Pawnee County, Phelps CountyPolk County, Richardson County, Sarpy CountyValley County and Webster County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Clay County Courthouse



N – Hamilton County

E – Fillmore County

S – Nuckolls County

W – Adams County




















Photos taken 2010