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Burlington, Iowa

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Historical markers have been placed by the Stars and Stripes Chapter DAR at the following Des Moines County sites:
Jimtown marker

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
flag markerboulder

Lt. Zebulon PikeĀ¹s 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 named.
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Blackhawk Springs, Crapo Park in Burlington, overlooking the Mississippi River was named for the Sauk warrior leader Black Hawk.
Old Zion Church marker
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"
trail marker

The Pathway of the Pioneers marker is located at Agency and Curran Streets in Burlington.  Wagons circled west on this hilltop, Agency Hill.

The marker reads:

"To commemorate the Agency Trail and the Plank Road, pathways of the pioneers."
eclipse marker

Solar Eclipse of 1869, South Hill Park at 7th and Elm Streets in Burlington
homestead marker

James Wilson Grimes Homesite, 700 Pine Street in Burlington.  Grimes was a prominent lawyer and legislator.

"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."
Luther Bailey

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 soldiers
buried in Des Moines County, a bronze plaque is located at the Des Moines
County Court House in Burlington.
Daniel Bean

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 Union Twp.
Blair stone
William Blair

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

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.
Morgan stone
John Morgan

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 Real Daughter.
Ware stone
Frederick Ware

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.