Stockade & Main Gate
Protecting the Troops
— Fort Atkinson State Preserve —
Along the reconstructed stockade you will notice sections where the logs are horizontal rather than upright. Unique construction of the outer walls of some buildings became part of the stockade. You will also notice that in places the stockade walls are shorter to allow a view beyond the wall, an intentional design when the walls were renovated. Originally, gun openings were cut at regular intervals around the entire stockade wall allowing the military to see out and protect the fort.
The entire area wasn't enclosed by the stockade. On the north side of Military Road stood a number of other buildings which played
All surface evidence of these buildings has been destroyed by modern agriculture and development, however, in 2006 an archaeological survey using ground-penetrating radar identified the buried remains of some of them.
Erected by Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Forts and Castles • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1840.
Location. 43° 8.735′ N, 91° 56.323′ W. Marker is in Fort Atkinson, Iowa, in Winneshiek County. Marker can be reached from 2nd Street east of 8th Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 2nd St, Fort Atkinson IA 52144, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Constructing Fort Atkinson (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Atkinson (within shouting distance of this marker); East Officers' Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); North Barracks (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder House (within shouting distance of this marker); Root House & Ice House
Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 24, 2021. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 24, 2021. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.