Wayne County

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Wayne County is named for Anthony Wayne, who was a general in the American Revolutionary War, and who lived from 1745 to 1796.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cedar County and Dixon County

E – Dixon County and Thurston County

S – Cuming County and Stanton County

W – Pierce County 


Created:  March 4, 1871                         Map of Nebraska highlighting Wayne County

County Seat:

Wayne  1871 – present


County Courthouse –  Wayne 


Location:  101 South Broadway Avenue / East Franklin Street

Built:  1899 – 1900

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Orff & Guilbert  of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Contractor:  Rowles & Moore of Omaha


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story Omaha pressed red colored brick and Lake Superior red stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of the courthouse square in the center of Wayne. The building has a raised basement and a high tower on the southeast corner rising four stories and with corner turrets and peaked roof. The south front has four red colored columns rising to the top of the first story. There are arched windows on the second story. Along the west sides, a bay window is on the second story and on the east side a bay window is on the first and second stories. The hipped roof has a dormer window on each of the four sides. Three of the corners terminate with a pyramidal-roofed pavilion. In the interior, the floors throughout are finished in oak and hard maple, except the basement floor which is concrete. On the first story a spacious corridor bisects the offices. On the second story is the courtroom, a judge’s chamber, and three jury rooms. In the basement is the commodious space known as the farmers’ hall. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 7th Judicial District. On the north side is a one story buff colored brick Courthouse Annex.


See:  The architect, Fremont D Orff, designed courthouses in Minnesota in Big Stone County, Red Lake County, Renville County and Waseca County


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Wayne County Courthouse


See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Antelope County, Cuming County, Knox County, Madison County, Stanton County


History:  The county was created in 1870 and LaPorte was selected as the county seat in 1871 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a wood frame structure built in 1971. The second courthouse was built in 1875. The county seat was moved to Wayne in 1882. The third courthouse was brick veneer structure built in 1883. The courthouse was destroyed by fire on June 4 1884. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1899 to 1900 at a cost of $32,000.




County Courthouse – Wayne



















Photos takes 2008