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Remembrance Park

A Wildflower Park to Contemplate the Origins of Johnson County, Iowa

 
 
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Photographed By Martin Boller, September 5, 2022
1. Remembrance Park Marker
Inscription.  

When Meskwaki tribes were encamped along the Cedar and Iowa Rivers, they met Stephen Sumner Phelps, who established the first trading post west of this site as early as 1826. He took John Gilbert, another trader, into his company. Gilbert built his own post near here, but then turned his attention to incoming settlers. During the severely cold winter of 1838, a January meeting was called with seven in attendance: Jenny, a Winnebago woman working for the company, Mogawk, an African-American employee and friend, Gilbert, and four settlers from Indiana. From that first meeting, Johnson County government began in diversity and peacefulness. We honor those participants who served as models for our own diverse community today.

Mani aki atedisetobi wimekwenetateki tataki edawiwatei ayoi adaweyi

This land has been set aside so that it will be remembered what they did here a long time ago...
Meskwaki Tribe, 2022
 
Erected 2022 by The Friends of Johnson County Remembrance Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
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Native AmericansParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1838.
 
Location. 41° 35.882′ N, 91° 30.835′ W. Marker is in Iowa City, Iowa, in Johnson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sand Road SE (County Highway W66) and Napoleon Street, on the left when traveling south. Remembrance Park is a small one-acre wildflower park located on the southeast corner of the intersection of Sand Road and Napoleon Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Iowa City IA 52240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Writers in a Café (approx. 4.3 miles away); Schaeffer Hall (approx. 4½ miles away); Site of World's First Educational Television Station (approx. 4½ miles away); The Old Stone Capitol (approx. 4½ miles away); The Old Capitol (approx. 4½ miles away); In Memorium (approx. 4½ miles away); St. Mary's Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Old Dental Building (approx. 4.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iowa City.
 
More about this marker. Two stones make up the Remembrance Park marker. Each stone has a small tablet attached.
 
Regarding Remembrance Park.
Remembrance Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Martin Boller, September 6, 2022
2. Remembrance Park Marker
This historic site marks the area where Johnson County, Iowa actually began. John Gilbert's trading post was the location for Johnson County's first business meeting. Remembrance Park is our way of remembering the diverse group of people involved - January 1838.
 
Also see . . .  Remembrance Park – Johnson County. Here's the complete story behind Remembrance Park in Johnson County, Iowa.
Have you visited Remembrance Park in Johnson County, Iowa? We are Johnson County’s newest historical site – dedicated on September 5, 2022. We invite you to peruse our website. Read the Story. Order the Book. Enjoy the Journey. Drop us a note and be sure to visit Remembrance Park – A Wildflower Park to Contemplate the Origins of Johnson County, Iowa.
(Submitted on September 6, 2022, by Martin Boller of Iowa City, Iowa.) 
 
Remembrance Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Martin Boller, September 5, 2022
3. Remembrance Park Marker
Remembrance Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Martin Boller, July 10, 2022
4. Remembrance Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 7, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2022, by Martin Boller of Iowa City, Iowa. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on September 7, 2022, by Martin Boller of Iowa City, Iowa. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 6, 2022, by Martin Boller of Iowa City, Iowa. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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