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The small village of Bartlett is the county seat of Wheeler County, Nebraska. The village was founded in the 1880s, and named for Ezra Bartlett Mitchell, the largest landowner in the area. The village was named the county seat in 1885, and its courthouse was constructed in 1888, although the original structure was destroyed by fire in 1917. At that time, a campaign to move the county seat to Ericson, a larger city, was turned down by the voters who adopted a bond to pay for the construction of a new courthouse, which was completed in 1920. In the early 1970s, that building was condemned by the fire marshall, and a new building was built and read to move into by 1982, while the old building was preserved and now serves as a museum. Bartlett is northwest of Spalding and southwest of Neligh.



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