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Keokuk

Keokuk is a fascinating place. Once an important river town and bustling community, Keokuk today is striding the line between obscurity and irrelevance. What happened? History The first European to move into the area was apparently Dr. Samuel C. Muir who built a cabin here in 1820. Muir had been a surgeon in the US […]

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Sandusky

In 1820, trading post set up here by a guy named Le Moliese. He was buried at Sandusky but his grave is now under water thanks to the Keokuk hydroelectric dam. The village had a canning plant at one time but little other industry. In 1867, Isaac Campbell wrote about his recollections of those early […]

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Galland

When Iowa’s first school was established here, the village was called Nashville, laid out in 1841 by Elias Smith. It was later renamed to honor the early pioneer who built that school. “Settler” is a word that didn’t really apply to Dr. Isaac Galland, as he seemed to be constantly on the move (and getting […]

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