Mississippi River towns in Iowa

Iowa River Towns

Along the Mississippi River Through Iowa Iowa’s 45 Mississippi River communities offer a diverse range of experiences, from the scenic small towns of the northeast, to the lively urban life of the Quad Cities, to the industrial cities of the southeast. In the northeast region, the old river town of McGregor entices visitors to slow down

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Mural celebrating 100th anniversary of completion of the hydroelectric dam Population (2010) 10,780 Introduction 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

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In 1820, a guy named Le Moliese set up a trading post here, one of a handful of French-Canadians who settled along this part of the river. 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

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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

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Population (2010) 898 History Located at the head of the Des Moines Rapids, this site has attracted settlements for a long time. When Europeans arrived, they found a Sauk village called Wo-Se-Nack. Europeans began settling in the area as early as 1799 under Spanish land grants. More folks began to move in during the

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Fort Madison

Population (2010) 11,051 History 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

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