Hooker County

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Hooker

Hooker County is named for Joseph Hooker, who was a noted general of the American Civil War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cherry County

E – Thomas County

S – McPherson County and Arthur County

W – Grant County

 

Created:  March 29, 1889                       Map of Nebraska highlighting Hooker County

County Seat:

Mullen  1889 – present

 

County Courthouse – Mullen 

 

Location:  303 Northwest 1st Street / North Cleveland Avenue

Built:  1912

Style:  County Citadel

Architect:  Oscar R Kirschke of Grand Island

Contractor: Robert Isdale of Kearney

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a one story dark red colored brick, blue Bedford limestone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building sits on a slight rise on landscaped grounds in the center of Mullen. The main entrance on the east protrudes with a raised brick parapet rising above the roof line above the entrance. The entrance is arched and has double white colored wood doors. Stone trim highlights this brick work, especially the geometric pattern regularly spaced along the cornice and the stone squares at the top corners of the wood Chicago style windows. The building has a flat roof line. In the interior is a large vestibule with access to the district courtroom directly off it. Double doors from the vestibule lead to the main hall where there are simple stairs to the basement. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 11th Judicial District.

 

Note:  When the first courthouse was vacated, the county moved into the Hawley Building for seven months and the Tribune Hall was used as the courtroom. The courthouse and jail were sold to S O Simonsen. The commissioners had five bids for the construction of the second courthouse:

 

Otto Henke of Scotsbluff – $14,750

Robert Isdale of Kearney – $11,458

William Southern of Grand Island – $12,093

W H Hogg of Ansley – $14,841

Louis Schmidt of Mullen $14,005

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Hooker County Courthouse.

 

See:  The 11th Judicial District includes Arthur CountyChase County, Dawson CountyDundy County, Frontier County, Furnas County, Gosper County, Hayes CountyHitchcock County, Keith CountyLincoln County, Logan CountyMcPherson CountyPerkins County, Red Willow County and Thomas County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1889 and Mullen was selected as the county seat. County officials contracted with William Shier to build a small one story wood frame structure as the first courthouse and a separate jail in 1889. The courthouse was sold when the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1912 at a cost of $11,458.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Mullen

 

 

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Commission Minutes

Pictures taken 2007 and 2010