Hometown History

Historic Home Towns In Iowa. Iowa’s past is one rich with history, and even now, you can visit these historic towns to get a little glimpse of how life was back in the day.

March 15-19, 2021 Featured Town: Keosauqua Iowa

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Hotel Manning back in the day

Present day Hotel Manning

Keosauqua is a Historic Town that lies along the Bed of the Des Moines River in Scenic Van Buren County.  Keosauqua is also One of the top 12 Most historic Towns In Iowa. Although it didn’t become a town until 1851, Keosauqua was first laid out in 1839. Some historic sites that still stand in Keosauqua are the Hotel Manning Hotel, a three story relic from the Des Moines River’s steamboat days, and the 1847 Pearson House, which was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Another interesting piece of history that happened here is the Honey War. The Honey War (a bloodless territorial dispute between Iowa and Missouri) was fought south of Keosauqua in what is now Lacey-Keosauqua State Park

Hometown History is brought to you by:

  • Community Insurance Agency
  • First Iowa State Bank
  • Libertyville Savings Bank
  • Van Buren County Hospital
  • Farm Bureau Financial Services – Alex Kessel
  • Hotel Manning
  • Mossy Oak Properties Boley Real Estate