Phelps County

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Phelps County is named for Williams Phelps, who was an early settler in the region and captain of a steamboat on the Missouri River.


Created:  February 11, 1873

County Seat:

Holdrege  1873 – present


County Courthouse – Holdrege  


Location:  715 5th Avenue / West Avenue

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  William F Gernandt of Omaha

Contractor:  Rowles & Bailey of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick structure. The south front has a projecting center section with four columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story where a large arch is formed by the wide decorative cornice. On the first story, the entrance has two columns with an arch pediment above and a small balcony between the second and third stories. The base of the building is ashlar limestone. The building is connected to the Justice Center along the east side.


Note:  The previous courthouse was constructed in 1884 before an election was held to move the county seat. The building was demolished.


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


See:  The contractor, Rowles & Bailey of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, constructed courthouses in Nebraska in Nemaha County; in North Dakota in Pembina County; and in Oklahoma in Grant County and Jackson County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Phelps County Courthouse


County Justice Center – Holdrege  




Location:  715 5th Avenue / West Avenue

Built:  2003 – 2004

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Newstrom-Davis

Contractor:  Newstrom-Davis


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and stone structure. The building is located along the east side of the courthouse. The roof line is flat.



N – Dawson County and Buffalo County

E – Kearney County

S – Harlan County

W – Gosper County
































Photos taken 2010