Rice County is named for Samuel Allen Rice, who was a Brigadier-General in the United States volunteers and who was killed April 30, 1864 at Jekins Ferry in Arkansas.
Created: February 26, 1867
Lyon 1867 – present
County Courthouse – Lyon
Location: 101 West Commercial Street / East Avenue Street
Built: 1911 – 1912
Style: Richardsonian Romanesque
Architect: J C Holland & Son of Topeka
Contractor: Cuthbert and Sons
Description: The building faces south and is a four story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The north front has a large arch extending up to the second story. At the roof line is a large dormer. White horizontal stone bands run between the floor levels. On the center of the roof is a high square red colored brick tower with clock and steep roof. Dressed limestone highlights the foundation.
See: The architect, J C Holland and Company of Topeka, designed courthouses in Clay County, Geary County and Mitchell County; and in Nebraska in Jefferson County. Holland and Son designed courthouses in Ness County. With Frank C Squires, he designed courthouses in Riley County and Thomas County. With Charles W Squires, he designed the courthouses in Marion County and Osborne County.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Rice County Courthouse
Note: The first courthouse was a two story structure constructed by E C Sooy in 1876.
N – Ellsworth County
E – McPherson County
S – Reno County
Photos taken 2010