Lyon County is named after General Nathaniel Lyon, who worked against secession in Missouri, served in frontier duty with the Army in Minnesota and Dakota territories and was killed during the Civil War at Wilson’s Creek, Missouri in 1861.
Created: March 6, 1868
Marshall 1873 – present
County Courthouse – Marshall
Location: 607 West Main Street / South 6th Street
Built: 1891 – 1892
Style: Modern ( formerly Victorian Romanesque )
Architect: Fred Thayer
Contractor: J D Carroll
Description: The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building was originally a Victorian Romanesque style structure built in 1892. While the original square romantic tower and its clock have been removed from the east end, the early courtroom remains on the second floor as part of the county museum. The gabled hip roof of the early building rises well above the flat roofs of additions added on the west and east in 1939 and 1975. The architect was Stegner Hendrickson, McNutt and Sullivan of Mankato. Remodeled in 1993, the modern building is a three story red colored brick structure. The building faces north and was completed in 1994. At the north side are narrow windows and a curved projection at the main entrance located in the center. The architect was Group II Architects and Bake Kopp Ballou & McFarlin Inc. and the contractor was LS Engineers. In 2016, the building was extended north with a three story addition. The architect was Vetter Johnson Architects, Inc. and the contractor was Contegrity Group, Inc.
Note: The first courthouse was the Kiel’ and Morgan Hotel in Lynd in 1873 which had been built by Allen Morgan and Levi Kiel in 1871. The second courthouse was built in Marshall in 1876 at a cost of $450. The third courthouse was constructed in 1891 but burned and was replaced in 1892.
S – Murray County
W – Lincoln County
County Courthouse before alteration
Photos taken 2007, 2010 and 2017