Plymouth County

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Plymouth County is named for Plymouth, Massachusetts, the first settlement of the Pilgrims in 1620.


Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Melbourne  1851 – 1872

Le Mars      1872 – present


County Courthouse – Le Mars


Location:  215 4th Avenue SE / 2nd Street SE

Built:  1901 – 1902

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Kinney & Detweiler of Austin, Minnesota

Contractor:   Emil Miller of Le Mars


Description: The building faces north and is a three story reddish colored sandstone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The north front has a large Greek style portico with four large sandstone columns rising to a pediment at the roof line and wide sandstone steps. The original dome has been removed.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in Melbourne. In 1874, the second courthouse was built in Le Mars at a cost of $3,000.



N – Sioux County

E – Cherokee County

S – Wodbury County

W – Union County, South Dakota 





County Courthouse







Photos taken 2007