If Lyons hadn’t placed its courthouse along US 56 (Main Street), I probably wouldn’t have stopped in town. But the courthouse was so darned impressive, I took a five minute break from my trans-Kansas journey to walk around the grounds.
The courthouse was built in 1911, about 40 years after Rice County was organized.
A Civil War memorial stands at one corner of the courthouse grounds, reading “In Memory of the Defenders of Our Union 1861-1865”.
Lyons was also home to a Carnegie library, which now serves as part of the Coronado-Quivira Museum.
The rest of downtown Lyons is pretty much what you’ve come to expect, after driving for hours, and passing through several small Kansas towns.
Note: This trip was first published in 2008.