Trails to the Past

Iowa

Plymouth County

 

 

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 Plymouth County was formed on January 15, 1851. Settlement began in the county in 1856. In October 1859, the first courthouse was built in Melbourne, formerly located in the southeast quarter of section 34, Plymouth Township, about five to six miles due south of Merrill. The first public school opened its doors there with 32 pupils. In 1872 the county seat was moved to Le Mars and a courthouse and jail were built there in 1873. The present Plymouth County courthouse was built in 1900 of red sandstone.

During the Great Depression, farmers in the county organized the Farmers Holiday Group, to keep farm products off the market until the desired price was met. A radical group among them abducted Judge Bradley from his court chamber and threatened to hang him in the front of the courthouse. Bradley was freed, but the governor ordered the national guard to Plymouth County and declared a state of emergency, which effectively ended the group.

On Line Data

Cities
    Akron
    Brunsville
    Craig
    Hinton
    Kingsley
    Le Mars
    Merrill
    Oyens
    Remsen
    Struble
    Westfield
Unincorporated communities
    Adaville
    Brookdale
    Crathorne
    James
    Mammen
    Milnerville
    Neptune
    O'Leary
    Plymouth
    Potosia
    Ruble
    Seney
    Union Center (Also known as "The U")
    West Le Mars
    Wren
    Yeomans

Townships
    America
    Elgin
    Elkhorn
    Fredonia
    Garfield
    Grant
    Hancock
    Henry
    Hungerford
    Johnson
    Liberty
    Lincoln
    Marion
    Meadow
    Perry
    Plymouth
    Portland
    Preston
    Remsen
    Sioux
    Stanton
    Union
    Washington
    Westfield

Plymouth County Court House

 

 

Adjacent counties
    Sioux County (north)
    Cherokee County (east)
    Woodbury County (south)
    Union County, South Dakota (west)

 

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