Thurston County

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Thurston County is named for John M Thurston, who was a Unites States senator from Nebraska.


Created:  March 5, 1855

County Seat:

Pender  1889 – present


County Courthouse – Pender  


Location:  106 South 5th Street / North Main Street

Built:  1895 – 1896

Style:  Late Victoria and Romanesque

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building was constructed as a school house. In 1927, the building was purchased as a court house. The building has a central tower with the entrance on the first story and a peaked roof at the third story. The base of the building is white colored  brick. The south section of the building has a peaked roof facing east. Work was completed in 1927 to change the building to the courthouse. The architect was J F Reynolds of Sioux City, Iowa.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Thurston County Courthouse


Old County Courthouse – Pender  




Location:  400 Main Street / North 4th Street

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  Second Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick structure.  The building is “U” shaped. The centered portion which is six bays, is recessed slightly from the three-bay ends,The building was known as the “Peebles House”. The building became the Palace Hotel. The building served as the courthouse from 1908 to 1927.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – First Thurston County Courthouse



N – Dixon County and Dakota County

E – Woodbury County, Iowa and Monona County, Iowa

S – Burt County and Cuming County 

W – Wayne County





























Photos taken 2008 and 2010