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Fort Madison
Lee County, Iowa


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History & History-related items

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Statistics & Facts

The Iowa state capital is Des Moines.
The population of Fort Madison is approximately 10,897 (2007), 11051 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 5,106 (2000), 4403 (2010).
The amount of land area in Fort Madison is 23.982 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Fort Madison is 9.2 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 9.64 sq kilometers.
The distance from Fort Madison to Washington DC is 795 miles.
The distance to the Iowa state capital is 137 miles. (as the crow flies)
Fort Madison is positioned 40.61 degrees north of the equator and 91.35 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Fort Madison elevation is 528 feet above sea level.
Fort Madison per capita income is $ 18,124 (2000).
Fort Madison median income is $ 37,500 (2005).
The Fort Madison median home price is $ 63,600 (2005).
Fort Madison average annual rainfall is 39.81 inches per year
The average winter temperature is 29.9 degrees F.
The average summer temperature is 70.5 degrees F.


in south-east Iowa about 72 miles from Iowa City and about 158 miles from St Louis Missouri. Other nearby communities include Montrose, West Point, Franklin, Middletown and St Paul, all in Iowa and Nauvoo, Pontoosuc and Dallas City, all in Illinois.

Here is a map page for the area.
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History & History Related Items

The original fort was built in 1804 soon after a treaty was signed. The treaty gave lands east of the river to Americans for some money and several conditions. The Sauk tribe thought the fort was for a trader who would help them get provisions. Their leader, Black Hawk, went with the British during the War of 1812 because of the broken promises. Later, the fort was burned by the Americans as they fled the Native Americans there. The replica of the original fort was built in 1983 and continues to be a good representation of a frontier fort with an interactive museum and many exhibits.
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The incorporation of Fort Madison

5 February 1895


Fort Madison Art Center
613 Ave. G
Phone: 319-372-3996
Noon-4 Mon.-Sat., year-round.

North Lee County Historical Center
814 10th St.
Please call ahead for hours of operation
Arrowhead displays, Civil War display, Silsby Steam Pumper and hose cart, ice-gathering display with audio presentation, railroad and farm displays, prison cell. Gift shop. National Historic Register site. Flood Museum.

Old Fort Madison
River View Park
Phone: 319-372-8917 ext 275
Discover life at a Fort during the Louisiana Territory time. Try the many hands-on experiences here!

Fort Madison is the home of the last double swing-span bridge on the Mississippi River. The top level is for cars and the bottom level for trains. It is also the largest bridge of its type in the world!

Riverview Park
Ft. Madison, IA
Railroad Trains on Display are AT&SF #2913, a 4-8-4. A marina is located within the park.

Sails and Sailing on the Madi Lee
"A" Dock, Boat Harbor, River View Park
Phone: 319-372-3276
Cruises by reservation, May through mid-Oct.

Ft. Madison is the Home of the Iowa State Maximum Security penitentiary. It was a prison before Iowa statehood. The first buildings were constructed in 1839.

Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail
The trail begins in Montrose across the river from Nauvoo and goes through the county. Wooden trail markers are along the signed trail.
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Fort Madison Chamber

Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
614 9th Street
Fort Madison, Iowa 52627
Phone: (319) 372-5471

Fort Madison Community News

Fort Madison Daily Democrat
Your online guide to Southeast Iowa

Fort Madison Organizations

Fort Madison Area Chamber of Commerce
614 9th Street
Fort Madison, Iowa 52627
Phone: (319) 372-5471

Fort Madison Schools

Fort Madison Community School District
P.O. Box 1423
1930 Avenue M
Fort Madison, Iowa 52627
Phone: 319-372-7252
Holy Trinity Catholic Schools
High School: 319-372-2486
Elementary School: 319-372-5013
Early Childhood Center: 319-372-6428 Fort Madison


The population of Fort Madison was:
1990 - 11,618
2000 - 10,715
2007 - 10,897

The number of housing units was:
1990 - 5,209
2000 - 5,106

Median age:
2000 - 39.8 years

Median household income:
2000 - $ 34,318
2005 - $ 37,500

Median house value:
2000 - $ 53,700
2005 - $ 63,600

Fort Madison is located in the Central Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.

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