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
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 colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. 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 second and present courthouse was $109,695.
E – Osceola County
S – Sioux County
W – Lincoln County, South Dakota
Photos taken 2007