Lyon County is named for Nathaniel Lyon, who was a general during the American Civil War and who was killed at the Battle of Wilson’s Creek.
Created: February 17, 1857
Emporia 1857 – present
County Courthouse – Emporia
Location: 430 Commercial Street / East 5th Avenue
Built: 2000 – 2001
Architect: Treanor Architects
Contractor: J E Dunn Construction of Kansas City, Missouri
Description: The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The northeast and northwest corners have a rounded glass section with entrance on the first story. The roof line is flat. The old courthouse is located on the south side of the building.
Old County Courthouse – Emporia
Location: 430 Commercial Street / East 4th Avenue
Built: 1952 – 1953
Architect: Brinkman & Hagan
Contractor: Frank Blazer Building Company
Description: The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The west front has vertical concrete dividers with recessed vertical windows. The front is faced with stone and the entrance on the south side of the front has a concrete canopy. . Along the south side there are horizontal windows with buff colored brick between. The third story extends only part way. The roof line is flat. The building is not connected to the new courthouse along the north side and now houses county offices.
Note: The first courthouse was designed by John Hammond and built by Dr. Thomas Armor and Perry B Mazson in 1866. The second courthouse was designed by Frederick C Gunn and constructed by D L Thomas in 1901. The building was demolished.
N – Wabaunsee County
S – Greenwood County
Photos taken 2010 and 2016