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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;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Lee County, IA (48) 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(48) Lee County (48)  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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1 Iowa, Lee County, Fort Madison — 1812 Battlefield SiteIn honor of our Deceased Soldiers
Near this location a government trading post, or factory, was established in 1808 for the use of Sac, Fox, Ioway and Des Moines River Sioux. Initially a temporary facility, christened Fort Madison, in the spring of 1809 and garrisoned by a . . . Map (db m229237) HM WM
2 Iowa, 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
3 Iowa, Lee County, Fort Madison — Steam Locomotive 2913
Presented to the City of Fort Madison by the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway April 1960 Placed on display through stock purchases in the Fort Madison Short Line Railroad Built - January 1944 Retired October 1955 Map (db m229274) HM
4 Iowa, Lee County, Fort Madison — The "James" Cannon
These brass "James" Cannon, named for their designer, were manufactured only in 1858 and 1859. They were the first U.S. Army cannon provided with rifling along the bore, a feature added to improve the accuracy of their projectile trajectory. . . . Map (db m229272) WM
5 Iowa, 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
6 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Annie Wittenmyer
General Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union Army said of Wittenmyer, “No soldier on the firing line gave more heroic service than she did.” Sarah Ann Turner (Annie) was born in Sandy Springs, Ohio to a family that greatly valued . . . Map (db m229472) HM
7 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Burnham and Root
Daniel Burnham and John Root started their partnership in July 1873 in Chicago Illinois. They met while working at the architectural firm of Carter, Drake & Wright. Root had the artistic genius and Burnham had the business sense and charisma. . . . Map (db m229994) HM
8 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Charlotta Gordon Pyles
Former slave and celebrated abolitionist, Charlotta Pyles was an outspoken critic of slavery. She was born a slave in Kentucky in 1804. Her father was a mixture of German and African American while her mother was a full-blooded Seminole Indian. . . . Map (db m229420) HM
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9 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Chief Keokuk
Chief Keokuk was born in 1780 near the present location of Rock Island, Illinois. His tribe, the Sauk Indians, joined with the remnants of the Mesquakie tribe (or Fox Indians) to form a community they called Saukenuk not far from where the . . . Map (db m229928) HM
10 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Conrad Nagel
Conrad Nagel was born in Keokuk, Iowa on March 16, 1897. The son of Frank, a musician, and Frances, a talented singer, it is no surprise Nagel grew up to be a famous silent and sound movie star. The Nagel family was well known in Keokuk as . . . Map (db m229473) HM
11 Iowa, 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
12 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Elsa Maxwell
Elsa Maxwell was born May 24, 1883 in Keokuk, Iowa – it is said she was born in a theater during the opera Mignon. She was raised in San Francisco, California where her father sold insurance and did freelance writing for the New York Dramatic . . . Map (db m229501) HM
13 Iowa, 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
14 Iowa, 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
15 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Howell and Clark
James B. Howell was born near Morristown, NJ, July 4, 1816. When he was three years old, his family moved to a farm near Newark, OH, where his father, Elias Howell, entered into politics. Howell attended Miami University in Oxford, OH, . . . Map (db m229528) HM
16 Iowa, 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
17 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Hugh Lincoln Cooper
Hugh Cooper (1865-1935) was born in Sheldon, Minnesota. He built his first bridge when he was 16. The 40 foot long bridge went across a creek and stayed in service 50 years. After he graduated from high school, Cooper became an apprentice at . . . Map (db m229929) HM
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18 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — J.C. Hubinger
Industrialist and philanthropist, John Carl Hubinger was born in New Orleans in 1851, the first of eight children. The family moved north when J.C. was four, living in Kentucky and Indiana before moving to Keokuk. Here, Hubinger's father opened . . . Map (db m229424) HM
19 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — John Wayne
Born in Winterset, Iowa on May 26, 1907, John Wayne’s parents originally named him Marion Robert Morrison, which was changed to Marion Mitchell Morison several years later when they wanted to name a younger brother Robert. The Morison family . . . Map (db m229527) HM
20 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Judge William Logan
William Logan was born September 11, 1848 in Pennsylvania. In 1852, his family traveled by steamboat from Pittsburgh, PA to Quincy, IL then settled on a farm east of Nauvoo, IL. At the age of 21, he moved to northeastern Missouri where he . . . Map (db m229417) HM
21 Iowa, 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
22 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Keokuk Armory Explosion Memorial
In memory of the 21 persons who perished in an explosion of The National Guard Armory on this site on Thanksgiving eve Nov. 24, 1965, while attending a square dance of The Swing-Ezy Square Dance Club.Map (db m229301) HM
23 Iowa, 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
24 Iowa, 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
25 Iowa, 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
26 Iowa, 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
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27 Iowa, 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
28 Iowa, 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
29 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Mary Huiskamp Calhoun Wilkins
Mary Huiskamp was born August 3rd, 1926 in Keokuk, Iowa. Discovering the delights of the library, by the age of 7 she knew she wanted to be a writer. Huiskamp grew up in a big brick house, built by her great grandfather, on a hill above the . . . Map (db m229422) HM
30 Iowa, 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
31 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Samuel Clemens
Samuel Clemens was born November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. When he was four, his family moved to Hannibal where he spent his childhood. Clemens moved to Keokuk in the mid1850s to work in his brother Orion’s print shop at 2nd and Main . . . Map (db m229993) HM
32 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — 20 — 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 m224589) HM
33 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — Samuel Ryan Curtis / Keokuk Soldiers Monument
Samuel Ryan Curtis Born 1803 West Point 1826-1830 Colonel Mexican War Mayor of Keokuk Member of Congress Col. 2nd IA Inf & Brig. Genl. 1861 Maj. Genl. 1862-1866 Died 1866 Erected by the City of Keokuk to her soldiers 1861-1865 Co. A. 1st IA . . . Map (db m232906) WM
34 Iowa, 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
35 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — The Hughes Family
Felix and Jean Hughes moved with their three super achieving children to Keokuk in 1879. Felix served as Mayor, President of the Keokuk and Western Railroad and was a Supreme Court Justice. The three children were born in Lancaster, . . . Map (db m230552) HM
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36 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — The Younker Brothers
One of six immigrant brothers born in Poland, Lipman Younker began exploring career possibilities in Keokuk in 1854 while brothers Samuel and Marcus were attempting to establish themselves in New York City. In 1856 the three Younkers opened a . . . Map (db m229436) HM
37 Iowa, 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
38 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — U.S.S Maine Memorial
In Memoriam U.S.S. Maine Destroyed in Havana Harbor February 15th, 1898 This tablet is cast from metal recovered from the USS MaineMap (db m229415) WM
39 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — U.S.S. Maine Memorial
. . . Map (db m229416) WM
40 Iowa, 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
41 Iowa, 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
42 Iowa, 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
43 Iowa, Lee County, Keokuk — William "Bill" Logan
William Logan was born December 30, 1934, in Keokuk, the son of William Archie Logan and Carla Huiskamp Logan, and the great grandson of Judge William Logan. He attended Keokuk public schools and graduated from Keokuk Senior High in 1952. In . . . Map (db m229419) HM
44 Iowa, Lee County, Montrose — First Orchard In Iowa
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45 Iowa, 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
46 Iowa, 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
47 Iowa, 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
48 Iowa, 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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Oct. 2, 2023