Rock County is named for the Rock River which flows through the county and for the rocky condition of the soil in the area.
Created: November 6, 1888
Bassett 1888 – present
County Courthouse – Bassett
Location: 400 State Street / Caroline Street
Built: 1939 – 1940
Style: Art Deco
Architect: E B Watson of Norfolk
Contractor: Rock County
Description: The building faces west and is a three story white colored stucco and concrete structure. The building is located on a low hill with spacious landscaped grounds. The west front has a protruding center section with a recessed entrance on the first story. A large sectioned window is located above on the second and third floors. Brown trim is along the roof line of the flat roof. The building was a Works Project Administration project.
Note: The previous courthouse was constructed in 1897 and demolished when the present courthouse was constructed. During construction of the present courthouse Rock County acted as the contractor employing local labor. The building was completed in May 1940.
N – Keya Paha County
E – Holt County
S – Loup County
W – Brown County
Photos taken 2006, 2010 and 2016