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Oquawka

Population (2010) 1,371 Introduction The village’s name is derived from the Sauk and Meskwaki word Oquawkiek, which means something like yellow banks, a reference to the color of the bluff faces along the Mississippi River in these parts. Oquawka was very nearly a city of some importance, which is why I think an appropriate motto could be: […]

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Picture of the Day: Why Location Matters

Location matters. Sometimes it takes a while to figure that out.

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Keithsburg

Population (2010) 609 Introduction Keithsburg did pretty well for over a century, but repeated flooding eventually took a heavy toll, especially the big floods of 1993 and 2008. History John Vanatta arrived in what would become Keithsburg in April 1827, just a week after William Denison settled in neighboring New Boston. Vanatta’s brother, Benjamin, moved […]

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