Nuckolls County

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Nuckolls County is named for Stephen F Nuckolls, who was a prominent pioneer.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Clay County

E – Thayer County

S – Republic County, Kansas and Jewell County, Kansas 

W – Webster County

Created:  January 13, 1860                    Map of Nebraska highlighting Nuckolls County

County Seat:

Nelson  1872 – present


County Courthouse – Nelson  


Location:  150 Main Street / West 1st Street

Built:  1889 – 1890

Style:  Beaux Arts and Italianate

Architect:  George E McDonald of Omaha, Nebraska

Contractor:  Seeley Son & Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick structure.  The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Nelson. Each corner has a large square brick tower with steep roof. The stone basement is raised. The east front has a one story portico supported by four brick pillars. Above the portico is a large arched window with pediment at the roof line. In the center of the building is a high cupola with clock at the top. In the interior, the floorplan is long and rectangular with entrances on all four sides. The hallways cross beneath the clock tower. The staircases are long, narrow and modest. The courtroom on is a square shape and is centered on the second story, with access available from both the north and south staircases.  The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 10th Judicial District. On the southwest is the two story Old Sheriff Residence.


See:  The architect, George E McDonald of Omaha, Nebraska designed courthouses in Kansas in Elk Countyin Missouri in Andrew CountyBates County, Johnson County and Lawrence County; in Nebraska in Fillmore County and in Wyoming in  Niobrara County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Nuckolls County Courthouse


See:  The 10th Judicial District includes Adams County, Clay CountyFranklin CountyHarlan County, Kearney CountyPhelps County and Webster County.    


History:  The county was created in 1860 and organized in 1871. Nelson was selected as the county seat in 1872. The county offices met at the residence of D W Montgomery which was frame structure built with limber hauled from Marysville in Kansas. In 1877 to 1878 the first courthouse / jail was built at a cost of $7,459 using plans from a Mr. Bostater of Lincoln and J B Randall, of Omaha, was the contractor. The courthouse soon proved inadequate, and the county rented space in the Nelson opera house built in 1887. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1889 to 1890 at a cost of $32,010.




County Courthouse – Nelson




























Old Sheriff Residence – Nelson

Photos taken 2010