Holt County

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Holt County is named for Joseph Holt, who was a member of President Buchanan’s cabinet, post-master general, secretary of war and a judge-advocate.


Created:  January 9, 1862

County Seat:

Paddock  1879 – 1980

O’Neill     1880 – present


County Courthouse – O’Neil


Location:  204 North 4th Street / East Clay Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  John W Latenser & Sons, Inc. of Omaha

Contractor:  Peter Kiewit & Sons Company


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The west front has a projecting stone section at the entrance. Two square pillars rise to a large stone header and between the pillars are the entrance and above is a vertical three section window. The center section rises above the roof line. A horizontal stone band runs below the first story windows and stone decoration is above the second story windows. White panels divide the first and second story windows.


Note:  The previous courthouse was constructed in 1885. The building was demolished.


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



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Photos taken 2009 and 2010