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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lee County, Iowa

 
Clickable Map of Lee 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 Lee County, IA (25) Des Moines County, IA (3) Henry County, IA (13) Van Buren County, IA (3) Hancock County, IL (30) Henderson County, IL (4) Clark County, MO (12)  LeeCounty(25) Lee County (25)  DesMoinesCounty(3) Des Moines County (3)  HenryCounty(13) Henry County (13)  VanBurenCounty(3) Van Buren County (3)  HancockCountyIllinois(30) Hancock County (30)  HendersonCounty(4) Henderson County (4)  ClarkCountyMissouri(12) Clark County (12)
Fort Madison and Keokuk are both the county seat for Lee County
Adjacent to Lee County, Iowa
      Des Moines County (3)  
      Henry County (13)  
      Van Buren County (3)  
      Hancock County, Illinois (30)  
      Henderson County, Illinois (4)  
      Clark County, Missouri (12)  
 
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1Iowa, Lee County, Fort Madison — Old Fort Madison
On site of Old Fort Madison. Built 1808. Evacuated and burned by Garrison 1813.Map (db m170757) HM
2Iowa, Lee County, Galland — First School House in Iowa
This boulder marks the site of the first school house in Iowa, built in 1830.Map (db m178042) HM
3Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Cornerstone of the Old Estes HouseFifth and Main - Keokuk Iowa
Site of Army Hospital Apt. 17, 1862-Oct. 1, 1865. Erected in memory of the soldiers who died in the Old General Hospital at Keokuk and buried in the National Cemetery.Map (db m178523) HM WM
4Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — First Permanent Jewish House of Worship in IowaB'nai Israel Congregation
Jews have been part of the social, economic and cultural life of Iowa since the early 19th century. It was not until 1855 that the Jewish population in Keokuk grew large enough to establish a religious community, Congregation B’nai Israel ( . . . Map (db m27084) HM
5Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — George M. Verity
George M. Verity Has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses National significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.Map (db m178292) HM
6Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Hugh Lincoln Cooper1865-1937
The Illinois, Iowa, Missouri area centered in Keokuk owes much to Hugh Lincoln Cooper engineer, backed by area businessmen, he built, in three years, 1910-1913, the dam and powerhouse now operated by Union Electric Co. Cooper's . . . Map (db m178946) HM
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7Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — KeokukWhere Today and History Meet
The city of Keokuk has long been associated with thriving commerce and transportation even before it was incorporated in 1847. The location of the Des Moines Rapids in the Mississippi River made it necessary for steamboats to unload passengers and . . . Map (db m178276) HM
8Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Keokuk Memorial
This Monument is erected by popular Subscription In the Memory of The SAC Chief Keokuk for whom this city was named. In 1883, his remains together with the marble slab on the reverse side of this die were brought from Franklin County, . . . Map (db m186354) HM
9Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Keokuk National Cemetery
Civil War Keokuk Keokuk, Iowa, was a staging and training ground for seven Union regiments. The first soldiers mustered in at Camp Ellsworth in May 1861. Later, camps Rankin, Halleck, and Lincoln prepared Iowa troops for deployment south. Its . . . Map (db m179354) HM
10Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Keokuk Union Depot
Keokuk Union Depot 1891 Burnham and Root Architects, Chicago has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of InteriorMap (db m191186) HM
11Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Keokuk's Speech In 1812Which Made Him A War Chief
I have heard with sorrow that you have determined to leave our village and cross the Mississippi merely because you have been told that the Americans were coming in this direction. Would you leave our village, desert our homes and fly before an . . . Map (db m185389) HM
12Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Latter-day Saint Immigrants' Camp, 1853
Keokuk, Iowa, is named in honor of Chief Keokuk, a Sac and Fox chief who is buried there. The city is located on the west side of the Mississippi River, about 12 miles southwest of Nauvoo. On August 12, 1841, Chief Keokuk, and about one hundred . . . Map (db m179356) HM
13Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Mark TwainSite of the Clemens Brothers' Print Shop
Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) walked the streets of Keokuk in the years 1855 and 1856. He worked for his brother, Orion, who owned a printing business "The Ben Franklin Book and Job Office” located on the third story of the Ogden City Book . . . Map (db m178943) HM
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14Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — National Association for Music Education
MENC: The National Association for Music Education was founded on this corner in the Westminster Presbyterian Church on April 12, 1907, during a meeting of music supervisors from fourteen states. The meeting was organized by Philip Cady Hayden, . . . Map (db m55413) HM
15Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Samuel Freeman Miller1816-1890
Samuel Miller moved to Keokuk in 1850 and practiced law here until he was appointed Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 1862. He served until his death, 28 years later, and was the first high court appointee from Iowa and from . . . Map (db m179024) HM
16Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — The Estes House
used as a hospital for Soldiers of the Civil War Apr. 17, 1862 – Oct. 1, 1865 Occupied this site Map (db m55414) HM
17Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — To The Memory of Pioneers
To the memory of the pioneers who entered Iowa by Keokuk the Gate City and either settling in our state or passing farther west travelled over the well-worn road known as the Mormon Trail. With this tablet the Daughters of the American Revolution . . . Map (db m185392) HM
18Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Water When Needed
A public water supply system was first discussed in the 1850's when Keokuk's population was increasing dramatically, but with the financial panic of 1857 no action was taken. Most home owners had a cistern, and huge cisterns in the business . . . Map (db m178277) HM
19Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Waterpower - Dream and Reality
Starting as early as the 1840's, proposals were advanced for building a wing dam near Keokuk that would focus the power of the Mississippi's current. However, no viable plan was formed until the development of alternating current electricity made . . . Map (db m179112) HM
20Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Welcome to Keokuk
Once a place where Native American Indians hunted and fished, this peninsular part of Iowa is located where the Des Moines River flows into the Mississippi River. Under French and Spanish rule for almost 150 nears, Southeast Iowa was included in . . . Map (db m179974) HM
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21Iowa, Lee County, Montrose — First Orchard In Iowa
. . . Map (db m178288) HM
22Iowa, Lee County, Montrose — Fort Des Moines, 1834-1837
Early settlers of Lee County believe that the explorers Marquette and Joliet landed at this spot in 1673. From here they made their only overland exploration on the west bank of the Mississippi, finding villages of the Illini tribe. Other French . . . Map (db m179445) HM
23Iowa, Lee County, Montrose — 1 — Here Began the Dragoon Trail
Here Began the Dragoon Trail Blazed in 1835 by the First U.S. Dragoons under Colonel Stephen W. KearnyMap (db m138490) HM
24Iowa, Lee County, Montrose — Latter-day Saint Exodus from Nauvoo, 1849
During the period of 1839-1846, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also known as Mormons) settled here in Lee County, Iowa and in Nauvoo, Illinois, on the opposite (eastern) side of the Mississippi River. Nauvoo was the . . . Map (db m179453) HM
25Iowa, Lee County, Montrose — The First Fort Des Moines
This barracks well marks the first Fort Desmoines and was used by a detachment of Dragoons stationed here Sept 25-1834 to June 18-1837Map (db m139802) HM
 
 
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Jan. 30, 2023