| HISTORICAL MARKERS
Historical markers have been placed by the
Stars and Stripes Chapter DAR at the following
Des Moines County sites:
Stagecoach Depot at Jimtown Road, 2 miles west
of Danville on US Highway 34
The marker reads:
"This boulder marks the site of Jimtown,
first stop of stage coaches out of
Burlington on the Plank Road.
Erected by Stars and Stripes Chapter
Daughters of the American Revolution"
Lt. Zebulon Pike¹s Landing, Crapo Park in
Burlington, overlooking the Mississippi River.
Pike unfurled the Stars & Stripes
August 23, 1805. Organizing Stars and
Stripes regent, Edith Crapo, was a member of
the Crapo family for which Crapo Park was
Blackhawk Springs, Crapo Park in Burlington,
overlooking the Mississippi River was named
for the Sauk warrior leader Black Hawk.
First Legislative Assembly of Iowa Territory,
west side of 3rd Street between Washington and
Columbia Streets in Burlington
"This tablet marks the site of Old Zion
Church M.E. in which convened the first
legislature of the Territory of Iowa
November 12, 1838"
The Pathway of the Pioneers marker is located
at Agency and Curran Streets in Burlington.
Wagons circled west on this hilltop,
The marker reads:
"To commemorate the
Agency Trail and the Plank Road, pathways
of the pioneers."
Solar Eclipse of 1869,
South Hill Park at 7th and Elm Streets in
James Wilson Grimes
Homesite, 700 Pine Street in Burlington.
Grimes was a prominent lawyer and
"This is the homesite
of James Wilson Grimes, prominent lawyer
and legislator of Burlington. He
served his city and state in several
positions before being elected Iowa's
third Governor in 1854. Placing
"business above politics and the state
above his party," he worked constantly
for Iowa's betterment. He was
elected U.S. Senator in 1858, and served
eleven years in Congress. For
casting a negative vote in the
impeachment trial of President Andrew
Johnson in 1868, he suffered loss of
health and great political abuse, and he
died at his home in Burlington in 1872."
REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS BURIED IN
DES MOINES COUNTY, IOWA
Luther Bailey served as a private in
Maine. He was born April 11, 1762 died
September 4, 1839 in Burlington, Iowa.
His place of burial is not definitely
known but thought to be in the old
graveyard in Burlington.
For the six Revolutionary War
buried in Des Moines County, a
bronze plaque is located at the Des
County Court House in Burlington.
Daniel Bean or Bain, served as an
Indian spy from Pennsylvania. He was
born in April 1763 or 1764 and died
November 1, 1840, near Burlington. His
burial place not known but possibly
south of Burlington in Concordia or
William Blair served in Pennsylvania.
He was born in Lancaster County,
Pennsylvania in 1760 and died April
27, 1840. He was buried in Round
Prairie Cemetery, Yellow Springs
Township in Des Moines County.
Peter Gearhart served as a private
from Pennsylvania. He was born in
Germany in 1762, died in 1854 or 1856
and is buried in Spring Creek Cemetery
which is now inside the Iowa Ordnance
Plant near Burlington.
John Morgan enlisted in Virginia. He
was born in 1758 and died in February
1843 in Des Moines County. He was
first buried in an old cemetery in
Burlington but when the land was
needed for other purposes his grave
was moved to the Aspen Grove Cemetery
in Burlington. Stars and Stripes
Chapter marked the grave in 1906. It
is interesting to note that at the
dedication, flowers were presented by
Jane Englis Smith, Stars & Stripes
Frederick Ware enlisted in
Pennsylvania. He was born February 22,
1762, in Pennsylvania and died
February 2, 1848, in Des Moines
County. He was buried in Kossuth
Cemetery near Mediapolis. Star and
Stripes Chapter marked the grave
September 26, 1937.