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Public Invited to Interpretive History Discussion along Des Moines River
Posted: 11/01/2012
Pathfinders RC&D and the Iowa DNR are hosting a discussion on the natural and cultural history of the Des Moines River at 2 p.m., Nov. 11, in the lodge at Lacey Keosauqua State Park, near Keosauqua. The event is free to the public, but pre-registration is required.

Archaeologists Cindy Peterson and Lynn M. Alex, from the University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist, will highlight the corridor's long history between Eldon and Farmington.  John Wenck, Iowa DNR Water Trails Coordinator, will relate the history to the latest Des Moines River Water Trail efforts.

This discussion will begin to outline opportunities for interpretation and conservation that local residents would like to learn, and tell others, about the Des Moines River, its history and its culture. 

The Des Moines River, Iowa’s largest interior waterway, features scenic views, abundant wildlife and large and small historical dramas that have played out over 12 millennia.

Just prior to Iowa's statehood, it was the site of a large Ioway tribal village, and later, home of Sauk warrior Black Hawk. The waterway played integral roles in the emerging lock-and-dam system, steamboat travel, and the stoneware industry.

For more information and to register, contact Pathfinders RC&D at 641-472-6177 or go to