Lyon County

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Lyon County is named for Chittenden Lyon, who was a United State Representative from 1817 to 1835.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Crittenden County and Caldwell County

E – Caldwell County

S – Trigg County

W – Marshall County and Livingston County


Created:  January 14, 1854                    Map of Kentucky highlighting Lyon County

County Seat: 

Eddyville  1954 – present


County Courthouse – Eddyville


Location:  500 West Dale Avenue / Commerce Street

Built:  1960 – 1961

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Lee Potter Smith & Associates

Contractor:  Charles E Story Construction Company


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Eddyville. The building is square shaped and the main entrance is along the southwest side. A lower roof extends out from the building and is supported by posts wrapping around the exterior. The building then rises to the flat roof. The Judicial Center is along the southeast side.


Note:  Eddyville has served as county seat for three counties: Livingston County in 1799 to 1804, Caldwell County in 1809 to 1817 and Lyon County from 1854.


County Judicial Center – Eddyville 




Location:  500 West Dale Avenue / Commerce Street

Built:  1998 – 2000

Style:  Modern Colonial

Architect:  CMW Inc. of Lexington

Contractor:  Codell Construction Company of Winchester


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Eddyville on the southeast side of the courthouse. The southwest front and southeast side have porticos with four white colored columns with pediment at the roof line. On the roof is a high octagonal white colored cupola. In the interior is a large courthroom with a painting of the Cumberland River. 


See:  The contractor was Codell Construction Company of Winchester which company constructed many courthouse in Kentucky ( see  Louisville ).


See:  The 56th Judicial Circuit includes Caldwell County, Livingston County, Lyon County and Trigg County.


History:  The county was created in 1854 and Eddyville was selected as the county seat. Eddyville had served as the county seat for Livingston County in 1799 and Caldwell County in 1809 to 1817. The first courthouse was a two story structure erected in 1854. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure constructed by Sherrill & Russell Lumber Company in 1917. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1960 to 1961 at a cost of $140,000. The County Judicial Center was constructed in 1998 at a cost of $5,000,000.




County Courthouse – Eddyville













Painting of the Cumberland River




Photos taken 2007