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Markers of the Iowa state historical markers program administered by the State Historical Society of Iowa.
 
Wide view of the Historic Iowa City / Mormon Handcart Trail - 1856 Marker image, Click for more information
By Paul Crumlish, July 9, 2010
Wide view of the Historic Iowa City / Mormon Handcart Trail - 1856 Marker
Iowa (Cedar County), Wilton — Historic Iowa City / Mormon Handcart Trail - 1856
Marker Front: The land on which Iowa City is located was a wilderness when it was selected and surveyed for the capital of the Territory of Iowa in 1839. The cornerstone of the new capitol building was laid by Governor Lucas on July 4, 1840. . . . — Map (db m33608) HM
Iowa (Cedar County), Wilton — Hoover Historic Site / Hoover’s West Branch
Marker Front: The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, located in nearby West Branch, honors a distinguished son of Iowa, citizen of the world, and the 31st president of the United States. Established in 1965, the Site’s foundations were . . . — Map (db m33437) HM
Iowa (Clarke County), Osceola — The Mormon Trail
The Mormons of Nauvoo, Illinois, forced from their homes following the murder of their prophet, Joseph Smith, Jr., began their trek across Iowa in 1846 on the way to the Great Salt Lake Valley. From their first permanent campsite on Sugar Creek they . . . — Map (db m50023) HM
Iowa (Clarke County), Osceola — Utopian Experiments in Southern Iowa
Several Utopian groups attempted to implement in southern Iowa their dreams of a better social structure. In 1839 Abner Kneeland, a pantheist, started Salubria in Van Buren County. Beset with economic problems, the experiment dissolved after . . . — Map (db m50024) HM
Iowa (Dallas County), Waukee — 24 — Historic Des Moines / Noted Des Moines Residents
Marker Front: The fork of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers was recognized as an ideal site a military post as early 1834. Fort Des Moines was established in 1843, but was abandoned in 1846 following the treaty whereby the Sauk and Mesquakie . . . — Map (db m33004) HM
Iowa (Dubuque County), Dubuque — Historic Dubuque
Historic Dubuque -- the Key City of Iowa -- formed a part of what became French Louisiana when Joliet and Marquette paddled by in 1673. Perrot taught the Miami Indians how to mine lead here in 1690. France ceded Louisiana west of the Mississippi . . . — Map (db m43634) HM
Iowa (Henry County), Mount Pleasant — 37 — James Harlan1820-1899
Harlan moved to Iowa in 1845, and was elected state superintendent of public instruction two years later. He became President of Iowa Wesleyan University in 1853, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1855. After winning a second term, President . . . — Map (db m33116) HM
Iowa (Iowa County), Ladora — Historic Amana Colonies
Marker Front: The Amana Colonies consist of about 1,500 people living in seven villages and owning 25,000 acres of Iowa land. Born of religious enthusiasm, this unique brotherhood was founded in Germany in 1714 as the Community of True . . . — Map (db m33372) HM
Iowa (Iowa County), Ladora — Historic Grinnell
Marker Front: Josiah Bushnell Grinnell, a native of Vermont, was the person to whom Horace Greeley gave his famous advice “Go West, young man, go West.” Grinnell took that advice and in 1854 founded the city that now bears his . . . — Map (db m33683) HM
Iowa (Johnson County), Coralville — 33 — Samuel Jordan Kirkwood1813 – 1894
Kirkwood is the only Iowan to serve as governor, U.S. senator and as a cabinet member. He came to Iowa in 1855 to operate a grist mill in this vicinity. Elected governor in 1859 as a Republican, Kirkwood administered he office with forcefulness and . . . — Map (db m33204) HM
Iowa (Johnson County), Tiffin — Historic Iowa City / Mormon Handcart Trail - 1856
Marker Front: The land on which Iowa City is located was a wilderness when it was selected and surveyed for the capital of the Territory of Iowa in 1839. The cornerstone of the new capitol building was laid by Governor Lucas on July 4, 1840. . . . — Map (db m33607) HM
Iowa (Johnson County), Tiffin — Hoover Historic Site / Hoover’s West Branch
Marker Front: The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, located in nearby West Branch, honors a distinguished son of Iowa, citizen of the world, and the 31st president of the United States. Established in 1965, the Site’s foundations were . . . — Map (db m33431) HM
Iowa (Polk County), Mitchellville — 23 — Historic Des Moines / Noted Des Moines Residents
Marker Front: The fork of the Des Moines and Raccoon Rivers was recognized as an ideal site a military post as early 1834. Fort Des Moines was established in 1843, but was abandoned in 1846 following the treaty whereby the Sauk and Mesquakie . . . — Map (db m33009) HM
Iowa (Pottawattamie County), Underwood — Historic Council Bluffs / Noted Council Bluffs Residents
Marker Front: The Council Bluffs area was the scene of such important events in Iowa history as the explorations of Lewis and Clark, the Mormon Trail, the Missouri River steamboat traffic and the railroad industry. Francois Guittar . . . — Map (db m33290) HM
Iowa (Pottawattamie County), Underwood — Historic Council Bluffs / Noted Council Bluffs Residents
Marker Front: The Council Bluffs area was the scene of such important events in Iowa history as the explorations of Lewis and Clark, the Mormon Trail, the Missouri River steamboat traffic and the railroad industry. Francois Guittar . . . — Map (db m33291) HM
Iowa (Scott County), Bettendorf — Historic Davenport / Interstate 80 Bridge
Marker Front: In 1829, William C. Redfield declared that Davenport lay opposite the future terminus of a “geographical trunk-line route” between the Atlantic and the Mississippi. Nine years later, in 1838, the Iowa Sun and . . . — Map (db m33660) HM
Iowa (Scott County), Bettendorf — Historic Davenport / Interstate 80 Bridge
Marker Front: In 1829, William C. Redfield declared that Davenport lay opposite the future terminus of a “geographical trunk-line route” between the Atlantic and the Mississippi. Nine years later, in 1838, the Iowa Sun and . . . — Map (db m33661) HM
Iowa (Scott County), Davenport — 39 — Marion G. Crandell1872-1918
Marion Crandell was the first American woman to die in the war zone during World War I. She was born in Cedar Rapids, but spent several years in France, where she attended the Sorbonne University. In 1916 she came to Davenport as a teacher at St. . . . — Map (db m33120) HM
Iowa (Worth County), Northwood — Historic Northern Iowa / Carrie Lane Chapman Catt - (1859 - 1947)
Side A Northern Iowa landforms result from the action of 3 separate glacial ice sheets. Clear Lake, south of here, is one of the many Iowa lakes formed by glacial action. Pilot Knob, a glacially formed hill west of here, is one of highest . . . — Map (db m23264) HM

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