Valley County

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Valley

Valley County is named for the many valleys in the area.

 

Created:  March 1, 1871

County Seat:

Ord  1873 – present

 

County Courthouse – Ord  

 

Location:  125 South 15th Street / L Street

Built:  1920 – 1921

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  William F Gernandt of Omaha

Contractor:  Henry Ohlsen & Sons Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick, terra cotta and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds and is a rectangular shape set upon a raised basement. The west front has an ornate entrance with six large columns rising to a decorated stone frieze. The entrance on the first story is framed with light colored stone and above is a semi-circular stone balcony at the second story. A horizontal stone band runs below the first story windows and below the flat roof line. There are decorated stone headers above the first story windows.

 

Note:  The cost of construction of the courthouse was $189,821. The heating and plumbing contract was awarded to John A Anderson Company of Omaha for $33,729 and the electrical contract was awarded to William W Berger of Omaha for $2905.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Duferene Louis Mendelssohn and constructed in 1885.

 

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

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Valley County Courthouse

 

Courthouses: 

N – Garfield County

E – Greeley County

S – Sherman County

W – Custer County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2006, 2010 and 2016