Otoe County

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Otoe County is named for the Otoe Native American tribe which is derived from “oto” meaning “lovers of pleasure”.


Created:  November 23, 1854

County Seat:

Nebraska City  1855 – present


County Courthouse –  Nebraska City 


Location:  1021 Central Avenue / South 10th Street

Built:  1864 – 1865

Style:  Federal

Architect:  G Basset

Contractor:  W R Crag and F W Wood


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick structure. The east and west wings project from the main building. The second story windows are arched and the first story entrance is framed with white colored stone. On the center of the roof is a high octagonal white cupola. The foundation is rubble stone finished with a rough ashlar face.Additions on the east and west ends were made in 1882 and 1936, changing the building from a rectangular shape to an “H” shape.


Note:  The cost for construction of the courthouse was $22,500. The courthouse is the oldest public building in Nebraska which is still in continuous use.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Otoe County Courthouse



N – Cass County

E – Fremont County, Iowa and Atchison County, Missouri

S – Nemaha County and Johnson County

W – Lancaster County

















Photos taken 2008