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Lyon County, Iowa

Lyon County Iowa
US county information
NameLyon County
StateIowa
SeatRock Rapids
US Area
Total Area587.63 sq mi (1522 km2)
Land Area587.50 sq mi (1521.6 km2)
Water Area0.13 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Population11581 (2010)
Density7.7/km2 (20/sq mi)
FoundedJanuary 15, 1851
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Lyon County is the most northwesterly county of the U.S. state of Iowa. The population was 11,581 in the 2010 census, a decline from 11,763 in the 2000 census. The county seat is Rock Rapids.

Lyon County is named in honor of Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon, who served in the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. He was killed at the battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri, on August 10, 1861, after which the county was named for him. The county's name was originally Buncombe County, but was changed by the state legislature on September 11, 1862.


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