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Fort Madison

In 1805, General James Wilkinson, Governor of the new Louisiana Territory and commander of the western army, chose Zebulon Pike to lead an expedition to explore the upper Mississippi. A major focus of Pike’s trip was to locate the headwaters of the Mississippi River (he failed), but he was also asked to identify locations for […]

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Wever

According to Wikipedia, Wever has previously been called Sand Ridge, Green Bay, and Jollyville, before settling on the name Wever in 1870. That might be overstating the case a bit. Wever is in Green Bay township, so maybe Wiki confused the township with the village. Jollyville was a nearby but separate village that still showed […]

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Burlington

Burlington was built on a bowl-shaped depression at the end of a ravine that opens up at the Mississippi. As the city grew, folks built up, over, and around the hills, expanding into the prairies that spread out from the bluffs. Visitors will find most of the attractions concentrated in the flatlands and hills of the original […]

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