Garden County is named for the hopes of two real estate agents and citizens of the county, that the county would be the “garden spot of the west”.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
N – Sheridan County
E – Grant County, Arthur County and Keith County
S – Deuel County
W – Cheyenne County and Morrill County
Created: November 9, 1909
Oshkosh 1909 – present
County Courthouse – Oshkosh
Location: 611 Main Street / Avenue F
Built: 1921 – 1923
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: John James Huddart of Denver, Colorado
Contractor: June Mackie
Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick, concrete and terra cotta structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Oshkosh. The south front has a protruding portico with two tall Ionic columns and a decorative pediment at the roof line. A wide cornice runs below the roof line. Interior elements include attractive woodwork for chair rails, transoms, doors and their frames, simple plaster capitals and pilasters, and high ceilings in hallways. The district courtroom has a modern ceiling and flush fluorescent lighting but retains its original trim and furnishings. Behind the judge’s bench is an attractive oak screen that is pedimented and has pilasters, panels, a row of dentils, and a shell motif centered on the design. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 12th Judicial District. An addition has been added to the west side of the building.
See: The architect, John James Huddart of Denver, Colorado, designed courthouses in Colorado in Adams County, Arapahoe County, Cheyenne County, Custer County, Elbert County, Logan County, Saguache County, Summit County and Washington County and in Nebraska in Deuel County.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Gardener County Courthouse
See: The 12th Judicial District includes Banner County, Box Butte County, Cheyenne County, Dawes County, Deuel County, Grant County, Kimball County, Morrill County, Scotts Bluff County, Sheridan County and Sioux County.
History: The county was created in 1909 and Oshkosh was selected as the county seat in 1910. The county rented premises until the first and present courthouse was constructed in 1921 to 1923 at a cost of $40,000.
County Courthouse - Oshkosh
Photos taken 2006