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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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New Boston

Population (2010) 683 History William Denison and family arrived in 1827 when the only other inhabitants were Sauk and Meskwaki Indians. They generally got along well; the Denisons even hosted both Keokuk and Blackhawk in their home a few times. Denison’s daughter, Julia, was a beauty who caught the fancy of many Native American men, […]

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Illinois City

History Two Indiana natives, described in one book as “Mr. Klump and old Coleman”, platted Illinois City in 1837. The village spans two township boundaries (Drury and Buffalo Prairie), divided along today’s Mississippi Street. The early village had a sordid reputation; it was reputedly a safe haven for thieves and counterfeiters. In the early 1830s, […]

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