Merrick County

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Merrick County is named for Elvira Merrick, who was the wife of Henry W DePuy, a territorial legislator.


Created:  November 4, 1858

County Seat:

Elvira            1858 – 1869

Central City  1869 – present


County Courthouse – Central City


Location:  1510 18th Street / 15th Avenue

Built:  1913 – 1914

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William F Gernandt of Omaha

Contractor:  H Elenberger & Company of Chicago, Illinois


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick and stone structure. The west central section projects and has two columns rising from the second to the third story with a pediment above. The east and wings have a columns and the corner sections rise to a small pediment. The base of the building is stone. The roof line of the main section is flat. On the east side is a one story addition of white colored stone. The interior features hexagonal floor title with regularly spaced pattern in black, tan, rust and ocher and a border pattern


Note:  The previous courthouse was constructed in 1871. The building was demolished.


See:  The architect, William F Gernandt of Omaha, designed courthouses in Clay County, Dawson CountyPawnee County, Phelps CountyPolk County, Richardson County, Sarpy CountyValley County and Webster County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Merrick County Courthouse



N – Nance County and Platte County

E – Polk County and Hamilton County

S – Hamilton County

W – Hall County and Howard County




















Photos taken 2010