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Bentonsport National Historic District

Visit this 1840s river town with its century-old iron bridge and walkway. Stroll through a perennial/rose garden, and watch as local artisans create their products. Historic buildings house shops featuring antiques, art, handmade crafts, gifts, and fudge. Riverside park, campground, B&

Bentonsport, IA Historic Districts

Presbyterian Church

The Bentonsport Presbyterian Church, constructed of brick and Georgian in style, was dedicated in 1855

Bentonsport, IA Historic Churches

Greef General Store

The Greef General Store was built of brick and stone in the early 1840's, it was once the largest store in the county, and housed the Greef brothers' banking operations.

Bentonsport, IA Historic Buildings

Bentonsport Iron Truss Bridge

Originally opened in 1883 to horse and buggy traffic, this one lane iron bridge replaced ferries that linked Vernon and Bentonsport. It is the oldest standing truss bridge across the Des Moines River and also the longest. Damaged in the flood of 1903

Bentonsport, IA Historic Bridges

Bentonsport Indian Artifact Museum

Artisan, Tony Sanders, has achieved a unique blend of woodworking and history with his collection of over 4,000 arrowheads. All of the woodwork from the building to the display cases are built by hand from over 16 different native woods and shaped into various patterns. For about 60

Bentonsport, IA Museums

Bonaparte Pottery

A pottery was housed in this brick structure from 1865 to 1896. See parts of the kiln foundation, 22-foot fir beams, the area where horses powered the mill, drying areas and more. Special events include pottery making on site with original molds.

Bonaparte, IA Historic Homes

Van Buren County Courthouse

Oldest courthouse to remain in continuous use west of the Mississippi. The first legal hanging in Iowa was sentenced in this courtroom in 1846.

Keosauqua, IA Courthouses

Pearson House

Home built in 1840s was station on the Underground Railroad.

Keosauqua, IA Historic Homes

Bonaparte Historic Riverfront District

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, downtown Bonaparte offers gift shops, antique stores and a well-known restaurant. The smallest Main Street community in the country, Bonaparte has been named one of 12 national "Distinctive Destinations"

Bonaparte, IA Historic Districts

Morris Memorial Park

Reconstructed pioneer settlement including barn with antique farm machinery, log cabin, schoolhouse, walking trails and fish pond.

Keosauqua, IA Parks

River View Club

Course Access: Semi-Private
Holes: 9
Reserve Advance Tee Times:

Keosauqua, IA Golf Courses

Bentonsport River Site Rendzvous

Come camp along the Des Moines River bank in historic Bentonsport. Bentonsport was platted before Iowa was a state. Events are bow shoot, knife &

Bentonsport, IA Camp

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