Lyon County

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Lyon

Lyon County is named for Nathaniel Lyon, a soldier from Iowa, who was the first United States general killed in the American Civil War.

 

Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Rock Rapids 1851 – present

 

County Courthouse – Rock Rapids

 

Location:  206 South 2nd Avenue / Marshall Street

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Joseph Schwartz

Contractor:  Amwold Construction

 

Description: The building faces north and is a three story gray stone structure. The north front has a projecting entrance section in the center. There are eight columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story with recessed windows. A cornice runs below the wide band along the roof line. The roof line is flat.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1875 at a cost of $15,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $109,695.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Minnehaha County, South Dakota, Rock County, Minnesota and Nobles County, Minnesota

E – Osceola County

S – Sioux County

W – Lincoln County, South Dakota

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2007