Historical Sites around West Des Moines, IA

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Arbor Lodge State Historical Park

2600 Arbor Avenue
Nebraska City, NE
This beautiful estate in Nebraska City was home to J. Sterling Morton, founder of Arbor Day. From its beginning in 1855 as a four-room frame house,...
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Arrow Rock State Historic Site

39521 Visitor Center Drive
Arrow Rock, MO
Stroll through the history of a once-bustling river town that's now the serene village of Arrow Rock. You'll walk streets lined with the architectu...
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Battle of Athens State Historic Site

Route 1
Revere, MO
Battle of Athens Historic Site is a place of peace and serenity. Its historic buildings, tree-studded landscape, and mile of Des Moines River front...
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Battle of Island Mound State Historic Site

4837 NW County Road
Butler, MO
The Battle of Island Mound marked the first time that African-American troops were engaged in Civil War combat, nearly a year before the battle dep...
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Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

1101 Deleware
Lexington, MO
People called Oliver Anderson’s house “the best arranged dwelling house west of St. Louis.” But it became more famous a...
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Black Hawk State Historic Site

1510 46th Avenue
Rock Island, IL
Singing Bird Nature Center, a smaller lodge building, is used for programs sponsored by the Citizens to Preserve Black Hawk Park Foundation. The si...
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Boone's Lick State Historic Site

Hwy. 187
Arrow Rock, MO
After a short hike, visitors to Boone’s Lick State Historic Site can see the remnants of one of Missouri’s first and most imp...
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Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site

19349 Bothwell State Park Road
Sedalia, MO
With a commanding view from atop a bluff, Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site is one of the best representations of early 20th Century sen...
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Brown V. Board of Education National Historic Site

1515 SE Monroe Street
Topeka, KS
The story of Brown v. Board of Education, which ended legal segregation in public schools, is one of hope and courage. When the people agreed to be...
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Carl Sandburg Historic Site

313 East Third Street
Galesburg, IL
The Carl Sandburg Historic Site is supported by the State of Illinois and the nonprofit Carl Sandburg Historic Site Association. The Association sp...
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Clark's Hill/Norton State Historic Site

Osage Hickory Street
Osage City, MO
Walk in the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark Expedition at Clark’s Hill/Norton State Historic State. The explorers camped at the base of Clar...
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Confederate Memorial State Historic Site

211 West First Street
Higginsville, MO
Step on to the peaceful grounds of Confederate Memorial State Historic Site and experience where the last voices of the “Lost Cause” li...
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First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site

200 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO
Located within a stone’s throw of the Missouri River and Katy Trail State Park, and in the heart of historic St. Charles, First Missouri State Capi...
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Fort Atkinson State Historical Park

201 S 7th St
Fort Calhoun, NE
The first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River, Fort Atkinson was established in 1820 on recommendation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition....
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Fort Scott National Historic Site

Old Fort Boulevard
Fort Scott, KS
Promises made and broken! A town attacked at dawn! Thousands made homeless by war! Soldiers fighting settlers! Each of these stories is a link in t...
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Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site

1100 Pershing Dr.
Laclede, MO
Explore a piece of America’s military history at Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home State Historic Site and learn about the experiences that ...
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Guthrie County Historical Village

206 west South Street
Panora, IA
The Guthrie County Historical Village, located on a beautiful 4-acre complex near the Middle Raccoon River and old Lenon Mill Park on the southwest...
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Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site

1009 Truman
Lamar, MO
See where “The Buck” started at Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site. Visitors can view the small frame house where the future...
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Historic Greef General Store

21964 Hawk Drive
Keosauqua, IA
We are located in the Historic Village of Bentonsport in Southeast Iowa.Nestled along the Des Moines River and county park is several restored buil...
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Historic Valley Junction

137 5th Street
West Des Moines, IA
Historic Valley Junction will serve as an historic link to West Des Moines’ past and as a fun, shopping district in the present and future. T...
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