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Otoe County Courthouse


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Otoe County Courthouse This two-story, Georgian brick structure is the oldest public building in
the state of Nebraska still in use. The building was completed in 1865
when Otoe County was formed and Nebraska City named the county
seat. Inside, several photos and displays portray the building's history.


A contract for the new county courthouse was signed in August 1864. A.G. Basset was the architect and W.R. Craig and F.W. Wood were hired as builders. The original two-story brick structure was completed in 1865 with additions being made about 1882 and 1936. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Otoe County Courthouse is the oldest public building in Nebraska still in use.


Address: 11th and 1st Corso

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Otoe County Courthouse

This two-story, Georgian brick structure is the oldest public building in the state of Nebraska still in use. The building was completed in 1865 when Otoe County was formed and Nebraska City named the county seat. Inside, several photos and displays portray the building's history.

Nebraska City, NE Historic Courthouses

Arbor Lodge State Historical Park & Arboretum

A 52-room mansion that belonged to J. Sterling Morton, Founder of Arbor Day. Many of the family's original pieces fill the home. The Carriage house displays carriages used by the family. Walking trails wind through the grounds.

Nebraska City, NE Arboretums

Old Freighters Museum

On July 20, 1804, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark set foot on the gently sloped banks of what is now known as Nebraska City and considered it an "ideal site for a future city." About 40 years later, the original Fort Kearny was built at this spot.

Nebraska City, NE Museums

John Brown's Cave

The log home of Allen Mayhew is the oldest-known cabin in Nebraska and an important piece of American history. The cabin was built in 1850 and houses furnishings typical of the pioneer homes. Allen Mayhew, his wife, and their six sons lived in the cabin, along with John Henry Kagi, Mrs. Mayhew'

Nebraska City, NE Museums

Taylor - Wessel - Brickel House
(Nelson House)

The Taylor - Wessel - Bickel House is one of the oldest homes in the state and the finest example of Greek Revival Architecture. In the late 1850

Nebraska City, NE Museums

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