Introduction to Keokuk, Iowa
Keokuk was named in honor of a Sauk chief. In 1839, many of the Latter - Day Saints who were sentenced to capital punishment in Missouri settled in Keokuk. They even had a branch of their church in Keokuk. Many Civil War Generals have lived in Keokuk. The city became one of the county seats of Lee County in 1847.
Keokuk and nearby Attractions
- George M. Verity Riverboat Museum
- Miller House Museum
- Battle of Athens State Historic Site
- Nauvoo State Park
- Icarian Living History Museum
Things To Do In Keokuk
The Joseph Smith Historic center speaks of the 1840s Latter Day Saint movement. Tourists can also visit the Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum. There are many churches in the city to visit including the Evangelical Free Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Visitors interested in books and research can visit the Keokuk Public Library. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Keosippi Mall. You can visit the local parks like the Triangular Park, Samuel Freeman Miller State Historical Marker, and Riverview Park. Each year, the city celebrates the Bald Eagle Appreciation Days in January, Keokuk Independent Film Festival in September, and the Rocktober Geode Fest in October.
Southeast Iowa Regional Airport provides air transportation facilities.
Keokuk Higher Education
The Western Illinois University, Indian Hills Community College, Truman State University, and University of Iowa offer opportunities for higher education.