The Fort Dodge Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution is an active chapter, rich in
history, organized November 1903 and chartered January 1904.
Fort Dodge is situated on
the site of old Fort Dodge, a frontier outpost established by the
United States government for the protection of the border settlement
against the Indians. It was ordered established May 31, 1850, on the
Des Moines River near the junction of the Lizard Forks, and was to
be garrisoned by a company from Ft. Snelling. It was abandoned as a
military post in 1853. The town of Fort Dodge was laid out in 1854.
Fort Dodge Military Post
Location: Marker for the
original site of the Military Post is in the heart of the city of
Fort Dodge in front of what used to be the Wahkonsa School which has
been converted to the Webster County Social Services Building. This
is located at the northwest corner of 1st Avenue North and North 4th
History: The Fort Dodge
Military Post started out as Fort Clarke in 1850 but in 1851 it was
renamed to honor Henry Dodge, Governor of the Territory of Wisconsin
and also their Senator who had fought in the Black Hawk War and the
War of 1812. Since the original Fort an all its barracks and other
buildings occupied what is now the city section of the present town
of Fort Dodge, the Fort was destroyed after it was abandoned in
1853. In 1928, the Fort Dodge Chapter DAR placed a large boulder
with an inscribed bronze tablet proclaiming the site to be that of
the Military Post. A replica of the Fort Dodge Military Post was
built east of the junction of U.S. Highways 20 and 169 on the north
side of the business route into Fort Dodge. It’s now called the
Historical Fort and Museum and has many historical exhibits
including one of the restored buildings from the old Military Post –
the Old Arnold House.
Old Arnold House
Location: In Webster County at
the junction of U.S. Highways 20 and 169. Take Business Route U.S.
Highway 169 East. The Historical Fort & Museum where Old Arnold
House is located is on the north side.
History: When the old Fort
Dodge Military Post was abandoned in 1853, it has to be torn down
immediately as the town of Fort Dodge was rapidly growing on the
same site. Only one building was saved and that was the Old Arnold
House which was used for quartermaster housing. It now stands in the
Historical Fort and Museum as a true representation of the Fort of
the 1800s. The Fort Dodge Chapter DAR placed a marker at the site.
Iowa State Regent
"God, Home, and Country"
“Preserve the Past, Enhance the
Present, Invest in the Future.”
2012 - 2014 State Theme
Hands of Friendship
Working Together to Build Membership
"Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak, for your work
shall be rewarded."
2 Corinthians 15.7