Plymouth County

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Plymouth

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

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Sioux County

E – Cherokee County

S – Wodbury County

W – Union County, South Dakota 

 

Created:  January 15, 1851                    Map of Iowa highlighting Plymouth County

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 Le Mars. 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 was removed in 1932..

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Plymouth County Courthouse

 

History:  The first courthouse was erected in Melbourne in the 1860’s and a portion of the building was used by Henry Morf as a grocery store. The county seat was moved to Le Mars in 1872. The second courthouse was erected in 1873. The third court was a larger structure built in 1874 at a cost of $3,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1901 to 1902 at a cost of $70,000

 

 

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County Courthouse – Le Mars

 

 

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Photos taken 2007