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Lee County, Iowa
The Pen City
Chamber of Commerce.
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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Fort Madison Art Center
613 Ave. G
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!
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
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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The number of housing units was:
1990 - 5,209
2000 - 5,106
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.