Kearney County is named for Fort Kearney, which was named for Stephen Watts Kearney or was named for Philip Kearney, who was a general.
Created: January 10, 1860
Minden 1860 – present
County Courthouse – Minden
Location: 424 North Colorado Avenue / East 4th Street
Built: 1906 – 1907
Style: Beaux Arts
Architect: George A Berlinghof of Beatrice
Contractor: Shaul and Assenmacher of Seneca, Kansas
Description: The building faces west and is a three story gray stone structure. The first story has horizontal stonework. On the west and east sides, the central entrance has an arched widow above on the second story and rises to a pediment at the roof line. On the north and south sides, there are three arches for the central entrances. On each corner of the building there is a white flat dome. On the center of the roof is a large white dome rising to a white cupola at the top. The building is located in Courthouse Square.
Note: On November 7, 1905, county votes approved a bond issue for $80,000.
See: The architect, George A Berlinghof of Beatrice, designed courthouses in Colfax County, Franklin County, Greeley County, Howard County, Lincoln County, Nemaha County, Seward County and Thayer County; and in Iowa in Crawford County.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Kearney County Courthouse
N – Buffalo County
E – Adams County
S – Franklin County
W – Phelps County
Photos taken 2010