Washington County

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Washington County is named for George Washington, who was the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797.


Created:  February 11, 1855

County Seat:

Fort Calhoun  1855 – 1858

De Soto          1858 - 1869

Blair                1869 – present


County Courthouse – Blair


Location:  1555 Colfax Street / South 16th Street

Built:  1889– 1890

Style:  Renaissance Revival

Architect:  O H Placey of Lincoln

Contractor:  Richards & Company of Omaha


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick and stone structure. The building has four square brick towers on each corner. The upper walls are faced with St. Louis brick. The base of the building is course stone. Horizontal stone trim runs between each story. The first story entrance is framed with stone and has two entrance doors. On the center of the roof is a large cupola. An addition was added on the south side in 1995. On the west side is the old Blair Public School which houses court facilities.


See:  The architect, O H Placey of Lincoln, designed the courthouse in Illinois in Shelby County



N – Burt County

E – Harrison County, Iowa and Pottawattamie County, Iowa 

S – Douglas County

W – Dodge County























Photos taken 2008