Dawes County

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Dawes County is named for James W Dawes, a former governor of Nebraska from 1883 to 1887.


Created:  February 19, 1885

County Seat:

Chadron  1885 – present


County Courthouse – Chadron  


Location:  451 Main Street / East 5th Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  John Latenser & Sons of Omaha

Contractor:  C E Atwater, Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building faces east and was completed in 1937. The east front has stone trim around the entrance and stone lattice on the upper part of the center tower. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by J V Cousand and constructed in 1887. The building was demolished. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $71,890.


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



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Photos taken 2007