Webster County

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Webster

Webster County is named for Daniel Webster, who was an American statesman.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Adams County

E – Nuckolls County

S – Jewell County, Kansas and Smith County, Kansas

W – Franklin County

 

Created:  February 16, 1867                  Map of Nebraska highlighting Webster County

County Seat:

Red Cloud  1871 – present

 

County Courthouse – Red Cloud  

 

Location:  621 North Cedar Street / West 6th Avenue

Built:  1914 – 1915

Style:  Late 19th and early 20th Century Revival

Architect:  William F Gernandt of Omaha

Contractor:  The Rowles Company of Onawa, Iowa

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff brown colored brick  and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Red Cloud. The rectangular shaped building has a raised basement of “rusticated” brick and also Bedford limestone, which forms a low base-within-a-base. On the south front is a one story enclosed portico. The windows on the second story are arched with projecting vertical dividers descending to the first story. The round-arched brick arcades trimmed in stone spring from stone capitals of relatively simple brick pilasters. A wide cornice runs along the top of the second story. The roof line is sloped. The interior has an entry foyer with steps leading down to the ground story or up to the first story corridor. Interior features are relatively simple and include painted brick wainscoting with plaster above, metal banisters and simple newels for the stairs, terrazzo flooring on the first and second stories, and large single pane transoms over some doors. On the second story the district courtroom occupies much of the north end of the building. The courtroom has original woodwork, including a curving bar between spectators and the court and jury box. The wood screen behind the judges’ bench has pilasters with triglyphs and guttae. Interior changes include: modern wood paneling and lowered ceilings with flush fluorescent lighting. Courtroom spectator seating is now rows of chairs rather than pews or opera seats. The building houses the District Court and County Court of the 10th Judicial District. On the northeast side id the Sheriff Residence.

 

Note:  The goldenrod brick used to construct the present courthouse came from Sunderland Brothers of Omaha.

 

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

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Webster County Courthouse

 

See:  The 10th Judicial District includes Adams County, Clay CountyFranklin CountyHarlan County, Kearney County, Nuckolls County and Phelps County.   

 

History:  The county was created in 1867 and Red Cloud was selected as the county seat in 1871 when the county was organized. The rude dugout house of Silas Garber1 became the first courthouse. The second courthouse was a wood frame structure built in 1878 with jail in the basement. The Burlington & Missouri River Railroad Company paid for the construction. A separate jail was built in 1887. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1914 to 1915 at a cost of $46,786.

 

 

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County Courthouse - Red Cloud 

 

 

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Sheriff Residence – Red Cloud

 

 

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Photos taken 2010