La Porte City in Black Hawk County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
The Pioneer Spirit
The Midwest was once a vast sea of tallgrass prairie, which grew to heights over 9 feet. When Iowa became a state in 1846, the same rich soil and ample rainfall that supported prairie grasses drew eager settlers to the region.
Northwest Iowa’s early settlers came mostly from the eastern United States, in search of land and opportunity. Their first homes typically were small, one-room cabins constructed from plentiful native hardwoods. This cabin was built in 1861 by the George Peck family approximately two miles north of La Porte City. Seven family members lived in the cabin. The challenges and hardships that pioneer families endured shaped Iowa's culture of hard work, faith and family bonds.
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Erected by FFA Historical & Ag Museum.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1861.
Location. 42° 18.834′ N, 92° 11.499′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 413 Chestnut Street, La Porte City IA 50651, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rural Iowa Heritage Center (a few steps from this marker); The Jesse Wasson Society (a few steps from this marker); Chestnut Firestation (a few steps from this marker); City Hall (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sweet Corn Day Festival (approx. 13.2 miles away).
Also see . . . The Pioneer Spirit. (Submitted on March 17, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on March 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 16, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 17, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.