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  Dawson County was established by the territorial legislature in 1860 and officially became a county in 1871 by proclamation of acting Governor William James. The county was named in honor of Jacob Dawson, the first postmaster in the settlement of Lancaster County, Nebraska.

Situated in mid-Nebraska Dawson County stretches east and west forty two miles along the I-80 corridor through the towns of Overton, Lexington, Cozad and Gothenburg, and twenty four miles north and south through grassy canyons filled with agriculture related industries.

Dawson County is rich in history from the Swedes who settled in Gothenburg, to the mysterious John Henri Cozad who founded Cozad at the "100th Meridian then on to Lexington, originally named Plum Creek.

  Front of Dawson County Courthouse

Dawson County Courthouse
700 N. Washington Street - Lexington, NE 68850

  The County Seat is located in the City of Lexington, Nebraska. The Courthouse complex is sandwiched between 7th and 8th street and Washington and Grant streets on the east and west. The Courthouse Complex consists of the historical Courthouse building completed in 1914 and boasts Beaux Arts architecture. Entering from the west side of the courthouse will lead you to County Court, District Court, Probation and the County Attoroney’s Office. Drivers License, the surveyor and road department are located on the lower floor of the original building.   The "annex" addition was completed in 1955 faces east and houses the county clerk, treasurer, assessor, register of deeds, and emergency management. The Law Enforcement Center was built in 1993 and attaches on the north side of the building utilizing a separate entrance.

The County Extension Office, Weed Department and Health and Human Services are located off site.

Click HERE for a map of the Dawson County Courthouse Complex

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