Plymouth County was named for Plymouth, Massachusetts, the first settlement of the Pilgrims in 1620.
Plymouth County’s first courthouse was built in 1859 in Melbourne. It was also used as winter quarters for soldiers and a grocery.
The second courthouse was built in 1874 in Le Mars.
The current courthouse, designed by Kinney & Detweiler in Renaissance and Beaux Arts styles, was completed in 1902. Its exterior is Portage-entry red sandstone, featuring a large portico and Corinthian columns. The large clock tower and dome was removed in 1932. The Plymouth County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.
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