Otoe County is named for the Otoe Native American tribe which is derived from “oto” meaning “lovers of pleasure”.
Created: November 23, 1854
Nebraska City 1855 – present
County Courthouse – Nebraska City
Location: 1021 Central Avenue / South 10th Street
Built: 1864 – 1865
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
W – Lancaster County
Photos taken 2008