Introduction to Fort Madison, Iowa
Fort Madison, Iowa, in Lee county, is located 72 miles S of Iowa City, Iowa (center to center) and 148 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri. As of the year 2000 census, 10,715 people resided in Fort Madison.
Fort Madison History
The Fort Madison was established in 1808 and was the first military post of United States on the upper Mississippi River. The fort was named in the honor of James Madison, the fourth U.S President. In fact, the city was built around the fort and was also named after it. It is one of the two county seats of Lee County, which was founded in 1836. The area was originally inhabited by the Native Americans prior to white settlers first arriving in the late 1830s.
Fort Madison and nearby Attractions
- Old Fort Madison
- Woodlands Scenic Byway
- Fort Madison Art Center
- North Lee County Historical Center
- Hawkeye Log Cabin
- Oquawka State Wildlife Refuge
Things To Do In Fort Madison
Fort Madison is home to many parks and playgrounds including the Riverview Park, Old Settlers Park, Sheaffer Park, and Victory Park. The Lone Chimney Monument Historical Marker and USS Maine Memorial Historical Marker are also worth visiting. Visitors can even plan a trip to the Old Madison Fort, North Lee County Historical Center, and Fort Madison Art Center. The local shopping center is known as the Lodi Shopping Center. The Fort Madison Toll Bridge is the only remaining double swing - span bridge on Mississippi River.
Fort Madison Transportation
Southeast Iowa Regional Airport can be reached within few minutes.
Fort Madison Higher Education
Western Illinois University, Augustana College, University of Iowa, and many other colleges and universities offer higher educational opportunities.