Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Lyon County Courthouse in Rock Rapids

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.

Visit the Lyon County web site for more information.

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