Custer County

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Custer County is named for General George Armstrong Custer, who was a United States Army officer and who died at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

 

Created:  February 17, 1877

County Seat:

Callaway       1877 – 1882

Broken Bow  1882 – present

 

County Courthouse – Broken Bow

 

Location:  431 South 10th Street / South E Street

Built:  1911 – 1912

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  John Latenser of Omaha

Contractor:  George P Shaul of Seneca, Kansas

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. The east front has a large portico with two large white colored columns and a recessed entrance. The first and second stories have smaller white columns dividing the windows. The roof line is flat. On the west side is the old jail constructed in 1914.

 

See:  The architect, John Latenser of Omaha, designed courthouses in Cherry CountyDawes CountyFurnas County and Holt County; and John Latenser, Sr. of Omaha in Douglas County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Custer County Courthouse

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was constructed in 1878 and was destroyed by fire in 1910.

 

Old County Courthouse – Callaway

 

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Location:  Pacific Street and Cameron Street

Built:  1876 – 1877

Style:  Log Cabin

Architect:  Milo F Young

Contractor:  Milo F Young

 

Description:  The building faces south and is  one story log structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds and is “L” shaped. The south front and the east side have porches. The roof is hipped. The building was the first courthouse in the county.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Blaine County and Loup County

E – Valley County and Sherman County

S – Buffalo County and Dawson County

W – Lincoln County and Logan County

 

 

 

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Old Jail

 

 

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Photos taken 2010 and 2016