Lyon County was named for General Nathaniel Lyon, killed when leading the First Iowa Infantry during the Civil War.
Lyon County’s first courthouse was a two-story frame structure in centrally located Rock Rapids. Designed by O. A. Cheney, it was completed in 1875. It was moved on rollers a few blocks away to make room for a new courthouse.
Lyon County’s current courthouse is a three-story Beaux Arts design by Joseph Schwartz, completed in 1917. Built with Bedford limestone lined with brick, its bronze door is guarded by a carved stone lion. The Lyon County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
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