Howard County

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Howard County is named for Oliver Otis Howard, who was a general in the American Civil War.


Created:  March 1, 1871

County Seat: 

St. Paul  1871 – present


County Courthouse – Saint Paul  


Location:   612 Indiana Street / 6th Street

Built:  1912 – 1915

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Berlinghof and Davis of Lincoln (  George A Berlinghof  )

Contractor:  George C Pesha of College View


Description:  The building faces south and is a four story dark brown colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The south front has six large columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story. The entrance on the first story is framed by grey stone. Across the roofline is a protruding stone cornice with the fourth story above and a large stone crest over the center section.


Note:  The previous courthouse was a wood frame structure erected in 1877. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was approved at $75,000 but the project went $28,000 over and the total cost was $103,000


See:  The architect, George A Berlinghof of Beatrice, designed courthouses in Colfax County, Franklin County, Greeley CountyKearney CountyLincoln CountyNemaha CountySeward County and Thayer County; and in Iowa in Crawford County.



N – Greeley County

E – Nance County and Merrick County

S – Hall County

W – Sherman County


























Photos taken 2006 and 2010