Plymouth County, IA

County in Northwest IA

Plymouth County was first settled by the white man in 1856, invading the domain of the Sioux Indian Tribe. The county of Plymouth was organized in 1853, and started with two civil townships. The county now has 24 townships and covers 865 square miles.

The first courthouse was erected at Melborne in October of 1859, at a cost of $2000.

The first public school was taught in Melborne in December 1859. The records show the school fund for the year 1861 was $470.00 and the number of students registered was 32.

In 1869, the town of LeMars was platted and after a close vote, the county seat was moved there in 1872.The new town was named by using the initial letters of the Christian names of the ladies who visited the new town site with an official of the railroad. In 1873, $3000 was approved by the voters to build a courthouse and jail on Block 35 in LeMars. This is the present day location of the courthouse. The land was donated by the Sioux City and Iowa Falls Town Lot and Land Company. The present red sandstone courthouse was erected in 1900, after the election of a bond issue for $72,000.

Grade school was held in LeMars as early as 1874.

During the Depression of 1929, many Plymouth County farmers joined an organization calling itself the “Farmers Holiday Group”. Their goal was to keep farm products off the market until the desired price was met. A group of the Farm Holiday men dragged Judge Bradley from the courtroom at LeMars and threatened to hang him on the courthouse grounds. He was freed, but the governor ordered out the National Guard and Plymouth County was placed under martial law.

Plymouth County is the fourth largest county in the State of Iowa in area and has 357 miles of hard-surfaced roads.

The county is chiefly an agricultural county and its largest city is LeMars with a population of approximately 9435. The highest point in the county is in Sioux Township and has an elevation of 1501 feet. The average rainfall over a period of forty years has been between 26 and 28 inches, while the average temperature of the area is 52 degrees.

Sponsors of Plymouth County, IA


Since the founding of our communities, organizations, businesses and citizens have stepped forward to build and serve their community. Click on any of the logos below to learn about those who made this website possible! If you would like to learn about becoming a sponsor CLICK HERE!

Towns of Plymouth County, IA


The small towns of the Midwest are rich in history and a great way of life! Below you can visit and learn about the small towns we call home! Towns that have their name highlighted have become FEATURED TOWNS. Businesses/organizations from these towns have stepped forward as SPONSORS enabling us to include (or will include as acquired) stories and website links to ALL their community organizations (chambers, groups and departments, etc.), stories and website links to ALL their points of interest, annual festivals/events and stories done about their citizens, veterans and faith community. To learn how to become a featured town CLICK HERE!

Community Organizations of Plymouth County, IA


Small towns and rural communities throughout the Midwest are looking for ways to strengthen their economies, provide better quality of life, and build on local assets. Here you will find the organizations that stabilize, preserve, and revitalize the small towns and rural areas alike. To submit your organization to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Events of Plymouth County, IA


The small towns of the Midwest have long shared pride in their communities through festivals and events! Citizens from each community, working together, continue to offer entertainment options that not only appeal to their citizens, but visitors to their community! Below you will find festivals and events you are sure to want to attend! If you would like to have (DST) include an annual festival or event on your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Faith Communities of Plymouth County, IA


Throughout the years faith organizations have not only been an essential part of a town's religious life, but its community life. Below you will find stories about these organizations, If you would like to induct a faith organization to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Points of Interest of Plymouth County, IA


The communities of the Midwest have a lifestyle unique to their region — rich in history and points of interest like no other! Below you will find points of interest you are sure to want to visit! To nominate a landmark, historic location, museum, etc. as a point of interest on your county and region page CLICK HERE!

Citizens of Plymouth County, IA


The citizens from our towns for generations have exhibited a pride in community and a enterprising spirit! Click on any of the citizens below to learn more about them. To nominate a citizen to be added to your town and county page CLICK HERE!

Veterans of Plymouth County, IA


Veterans come from many walks of life and whether a veteran has severed two decades ago or two days ago, they have made our freedoms possible. Below you will find stories about many who have served. If you would like to nominate a veteran to be included on your town and county page CLICK HERE!