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Historical Markers in Johnson County, Iowa

 
Clickable Map of Johnson County, Iowa and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Johnson County, IA (21) Benton County, IA (1) Cedar County, IA (39) Iowa County, IA (17) Linn County, IA (14) Louisa County, IA (2) Muscatine County, IA (2) Washington County, IA (3)  JohnsonCounty(21) Johnson County (21)  BentonCounty(1) Benton County (1)  CedarCounty(39) Cedar County (39)  IowaCounty(17) Iowa County (17)  LinnCounty(14) Linn County (14)  LouisaCounty(2) Louisa County (2)  MuscatineCounty(2) Muscatine County (2)  WashingtonCounty(3) Washington County (3)
Iowa City is the county seat for Johnson County
Adjacent to Johnson County, Iowa
      Benton County (1)  
      Cedar County (39)  
      Iowa County (17)  
      Linn County (14)  
      Louisa County (2)  
      Muscatine County (2)  
      Washington County (3)  
 
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1Iowa (Johnson County), Coralville — Mormon Handcart Brigade Camp
caption below handcart image “Let them come on foot, with handcarts and wheelbarrows. Let then gird up their loins and walk through, and nothing shall hinder them.” South of this boulder on the banks of Clear Creek, is the . . . Map (db m78222) HM
2Iowa (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 the office with forcefulness and . . . Map (db m33204) HM
3Iowa (Johnson County), Coralville — Site Geology
Iowa is underlain by bedrock layers composed of sedimentary rocks; layers of Devonian limestone bedrock of the Cedar Valley Group are well displayed in the Gorge. Sedimentary rocks were formed from accumulated layers of mud, sand or organic . . . Map (db m185715) HM
4Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — An Ancient Sea
Although the huge 1993 increase in water flow changed the landscape at the Dam site and caused flooding downstream, catastrophic flooding was avoided. The Iowa River returned to normal flow over the next few months, and the Dam itself remained . . . Map (db m174799) HM
5Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — Devonian Fossils
Fossils can be seen in most of the limestone layers exposed in the Gorge, and these provide clear evidence of ancient life that once inhabited a shallow sea. Fossils comprise more than half of some layers, especially the coral-rich “Rapid . . . Map (db m174796) HM
6Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — In MemoriumNovember 1, 1991
The University of Iowa remembers the tragedy of November 1, 1991. This memorial is dedicated to those who died and those who were affected by the tragedy; their legacy of caring and distinguished service to the campus community will be remembered . . . Map (db m193997) HM
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7Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — Old BrickIowa Historic Site
Formerly First Presbyterian Church & North Presbyterian Church (Old School) Erected 1856-1865 This property is listed in the National Register of Historic PlacesMap (db m194099) HM
8Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — Old Dental BuildingUniversity of Iowa Sesquicentennial
Part of the university’s medical department since 1870, dentistry was granted department status in 1882, becoming the first dentistry program established west of the Mississippi River. A dozen years later, the Dental Building was erected on this . . . Map (db m193998) HM
9Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — Remembrance ParkA Wildflower Park to Contemplate the Origins of Johnson County, Iowa
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 . . . Map (db m205627) HM
10Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — Schaeffer HallUniversity of Iowa Sesquicentennial
Opened in 1902, the Hall of Liberal Arts was later renamed Schaeffer Hall for Charles A. Schaeffer, the University of Iowa president who turned the first spadeful of earth for the new building shortly before his death in 1898. The first of the four . . . Map (db m194175) HM
11Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — Site of World's First Educational Television Station
From 1932 to 1939 a regular schedule of 389 educational television programs was broadcast from the building once located on this site. The Electrical Engineering Department built and operated the station under the direction of Dr. E. B. Kurtz. . . . Map (db m194100) HM
12Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — St. Mary's Church
. . . Map (db m194150) HM
13Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — The Coralville Dam
Construction of the Coralville Dam complex by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was completed in 1958, and designed primarily for flood control. Lake levels are regulated routinely by adjusting the outflow into the Iowa River through gates . . . Map (db m174798) HM
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14Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — The First State University to Admit Women on an Equal Basis with Men
The first state university to admit women on an equal basis with men was the University of Iowa, in 1855. Plaque dedicated in memory of Professor Jane A. Weiss (1943-1981) feminist, scholar, teacher, friendMap (db m194098) HM
15Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — The Old Capitol
This building the last Capitol of Iowa Territory became the first Capitol of the State of Iowa December 28, 1846 and was given to the University by and Act of the First General Assembly signed by Governor Ansel Briggs February 25, 1847 This . . . Map (db m194000) HM
16Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — The Old Stone Capitol
Builded by the Territory of Iowa out of stone quarried from the banks of the Iowa River Occupied by the Government of the Territory of Iowa from 1842 to 1846 and by the Government of the State of Iowa from 1846 to 1857 This tablet is the . . . Map (db m193999) HM
17Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — View from the Overlook Plaza
The plaza area is located above the bend in the Devonian Fossil Gorge and affords views of both the limestone surfaces upstream and the developing wetland downstream. In the upstream direction, the 2008 flooding only slightly deepened of the gorge . . . Map (db m168210) HM
18Iowa (Johnson County), Iowa City — Writers in a Café
The University of Iowa Writers' Workshop was founded by Wilbur Schramm in 1936 as the first creative writing degree program in the United States. Iowa City was recognized as the first City of Literature in the United States, and third in the . . . Map (db m194181) HM
19Iowa (Johnson County), Tiffin — 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 m33373) HM
20Iowa (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
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21Iowa (Johnson County), Tiffin — Hoover Historic Site / Hoover’s West Branch
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 laid earlier when in . . . Map (db m33431) HM
 
 
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Dec. 5, 2022