Fontenelle Bank - County Courthouse

Fontenelle Bank - County Courthouse (HM1RZI)

Location: Bellevue, NE 68005 Sarpy County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 8.2', W 95° 53.467'

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This building of handmade bricks was constructed in 1856 to serve as the Fontenelle Bank. During the financial Panic of 1857 the Fontenelle Bank failed as did most of the other poorly backed wildcat banks in the Nebraska Territory.

In 1861 by authority of the Territorial Legislature the building was acquired by Sarpy County for use as the courthouse. In 1875 the County Seat was moved to Papillion. The city of Bellevue then utilized the building as the Town Hall until 1960, when a municipal building was completed. In 1961 Mrs. Harold D. LeMar purchased the building for preservation. In 1969 this rare structure was entered in the National Register of Historic Places.

with the aid of a grant for historic preservation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the building was purchased by the City of Bellevue and restored. In the history of Nebraska, buildings such as this have given service as the transition has been made from frontier settlements to modern communities. It has been preserved as one of the earliest public buildings in the State and remains a tribute to the heritage of Bellevue and Nebraska.
Marker Number163
Placed ByMrs. Harold LeMar and the Nebraska State Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 257341 N 4557957
Decimal Degrees41.13666667, -95.89111667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 8.2', W 95° 53.467'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 8' 12" N, 95° 53' 28.02" W
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Area Code(s)402
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2210-2218 S Main St, Bellevue NE 68005, US
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