Keith County

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Keith County is named for M C Keith, who owned one of the largest ranches in western Nebraska at the time.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Garden CountyArthur County and McPherson County 

E – Lincoln County

S – Perkins County

W – Deuel County


Created:  February 27, 1873                  Map of Nebraska highlighting Keith County

County Seat:

Ogallala  1873 – present


County Courthouse – Ogallala  


Location:  511 North Spruce Street / West 6th Street

Built:  1961 – 1962

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hinde and Laurinat of North Platte

Contractor:  Ely & Sons Inc. of North Platte


Description:  The building faces west and is a one story brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Ogallala. The west front has a concrete grill work facade with the entrance porch protruding at the center section. The other sides are red colored brick. A red colored band runs below the flat roof line. The County District Court courtroom is located on the north side of the entrance foyer. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 11th Judicial District.


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


History:  The county was created in 1873 and Ogallala was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was the home of Robert Law which was moved to Ogallala from Brule siding in 1873. The courthouse was placed just north of the railroad tracks in Ogallala. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by C C Rittenhouse and built in 1888 to 1889 at a cost of $25,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1961 to 1962,




County Courthouse - Ogallala  































County District Court courtroom







Photos taken 2006, 2010 and 2016