Keokuk, IOWA

I think we started north too soon.  It’s nasty weather in Minnesota and it’s not so hot here either.  Hopefully, after the weekend things will improve and we’ll go home.

Chief Keokuk
Today we’re in Keokuk, Iowa, a town of about 20,000 on the Mississippi River.  It will freeze here tonite, but at least it’s not snowing (yet).  I think there is snow in the forecast for the weekend.
We explored the city for a while.  On the river’s edge there are some wonderful big old homes and nearby there is a big park with a statue of Chief Keokuk.  He was more of a politician than a great Indian chief.  He talked his people into not fighting the Americans, and was moved off to a reservation in Kansas.  The town is named for him because of his friendship with the Americans.

Lock & Dam #19

Then we went to the visitor overlook of Lock & Dam #19.  It was built in 1913, and at that time was the largest electricity generating plant in the world.  It was rebuilt in 1957 and has a lift of over 38 feet.

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