Thayer County

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Thayer County is named for John Milton Thayer, who was a Civil War general and a Governor of Nebraska.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Fillmore County

E – Jefferson County

S – Republic County, Kansas

W – Nuckolls County

 

Created:  March 1, 1871                                     Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska

County Seat:

Hebron  1871 – present

 

County Courthouse –  Hebron  

 

Location:  225 North 4th Street / Olive Avenue

Built:  1901 – 1902

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  George A Berlinghof of Beatrice

Contractor:  Robert Butke of Omaha

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story gray Indiana Bedford limestone and Vermont marble structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hebron. The castle-like building is square in shape. The basement is raised and the east front has a large arch with recessed entrance. The first story windows are arched and second story has castle-like turrets and a clock below the flat roof line. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 1st Judicial District. 

 

Note:  The courthouse had a central tower above the east entrance that was so badly damaged by the Hebron tornado of 1953 that it was removed.

 

See:  The architect, George A Berlinghof of Beatrice, designed courthouses in Colfax County, Franklin County, Greeley County, Howard County, Kearney CountyLincoln CountyNemaha County and Seward Countyand in Iowa in Crawford County.

 

See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Fillmore County, Gage County, Jefferson County, Johnson CountyNehama CountyOtoe CountyPawnee County and Richardson County and Saline County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1871 and Hebron was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story wooden structure built in 1877 with the jail cell underneath having two small port holes. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1901 to 1902.

 

 

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County Courthouse - Hebron

 

 

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Photos taken 2009