Nuckolls County

US States / N / Nebraska / Nuckolls County

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

Created:  January 13, 1860

County Seat:

Nelson  1871 – present


County Courthouse – Nelson  


Location:  150 Main Street / West 1st Street

Built:  1890 – 1891

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 building is rectangular being 120 feet by 60 feet.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. On each corner is a large square brick tower with steep roof. In the center of the building is a high cupola with clock at the top.


Note:  The cost of construction of the courthouse was $32,000. The first courthouse was constructed in 1872. In 1887, the county rented space in the Nelson Opera House.


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


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Nuckolls County Courthouse



N – Clay County

E – Thayer County

S – Republic County, Kansas and Jewell County, Kansas 

W – Webster County























Photos taken 2010