Keokuk, Iowa is a city of about 10000 people in Southeastern Iowa. It is named after the Sauk chief Keokuk, who is commemorated with a statue and thought to be buried in the Rand Park on the edge of the Mississippi River.
There is a fine display of historic architecture in Keokuk’s downtown area, although quite a lot of buildings have seen better days and were seemingly no longer occupied especially the shops on the ground floor.
Mark Twain’s brother Orion was a long-time resident of Keokuk and Twain wrote about Keokuk in his Life On The Mississippi book, which is one of my favorite books of his.
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Great post on a town that I used to visit in my youth as I had a aunt and uncle who lived there.
Thanks, how was it back then? I guess I’m not really in a position to judge as I only spent a day there, but I found Main Street to be a bit depressing/sad with all the boarded up windows and closed shops.
It was quite the town, I remember going to the movies downtown and a drug store that sold penny candy. It seemed really big as a child.
It was actually bigger than life! It was a cross between a twain story and a bustling small town with warm and close knit families. I am 50 this year and to date, my mind is constantly drawn back to memories of not only the faces and friends, but imagery of a town I loved and knew every inch of…!
Thanks T for checking this out – do you still live in the area or visit often? Just wondering as I thought the downtown didn’t look too well when I went (loved it, though). But I only spent a day there so my impressions are probably superficial.