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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

Come visit us in Nebraska City, Nebraska

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Missouri River Basin Lewis and Clark Interpretive

The focus will be on more than 400 scientific discoveries of flora (178 plants) and fauna, (122 animals) made at President Thomas Jeffersons direction on their historic Corps of Discovery Journey from 1803-1806.

Nebraska City, NE Tours

Wildwood Historic Home and Art Barn

When Jasper Ware, an early Nebraska City banker took his wife, Ellen Kinney, to the west edge of town, pointed out the heavily wooded area south of Arbor Lodge, and said he wanted to build her a country home on the site, she responded, "Oh Jasper, I couldn't live in these wild woods!"

Nebraska City, NE Museums

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

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

Union Orchard

(Started in 1890's by the University of Nebraska.)

1. APPLE VARIETIES
-- Jonathon - Sept.
-- Winesap - Sept. to Late Oct.
-- Red & Yellow Delicious - Late Sept.
-- Turley - Oct. 1 to Oct. 15
-- Jonagold - newly planted

Nebraska City, NE Recreation

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