Trails to the Past

Iowa

Keokuk County

 

 

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Keokuk County was formed in 1837. It was named for the eponymous chief of the Sac Indians, who advocated peace with the white settlers. In May 1843, the county opened for public settlement and was self-governed from 1844. Previously it was governed by Washington County. After a debate lasting a few years for the location for the county seat, the right went to Sigourney in 1856.

Keokuk County is unusual in that it has two county fairs. The Keokuk County Fair is held in What Cheer and immediately followed by the Keokuk County Expo which is held in Sigourney.

The Keokuk County Courthouse in Sigourney was built in 1911. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1981.

 

On Line Data

Cities
    Delta
    Gibson
    Harper
    Hayesville
    Hedrick
    Keota
    Keswick
    Kinross
    Martinsburg
    Ollie
    Richland
    Sigourney
    South English
    Thornburg
    Webster
    What Cheer

Townships
    Adams
    Benton
    Clear Creek
    East Lancaster
    English River
    Jackson
    Lafayette
    Liberty
    Plank
    Prairie
    Richland
    Sigourney
    Steady Run
    Van Buren
    Warren
    Washington
    West Lancaster

Keokuk County Court House

 

Adjacent counties
    Poweshiek County (northwest)
    Iowa County (north)
    Washington County (east)
    Jefferson County (southeast)
    Wapello County (southwest)
    Mahaska County (west)

 

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