Rice County

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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

County Seat:

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:  The contractor, Cuthbert & Sons, constructed courthouses in Jackson County, Ness County, Phillips County and Rooks 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

W – Stafford County and Barton County






County Courthouse



















Photos taken 2010