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Stars and Stripes Chapter DAR
Burlington, Iowa

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Chapter History

  Historical Markers

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The seventh chapter in Iowa, Stars and Stripes, was officially chartered April 28, 1897, at the home of Edith Crapo.   Mrs. Alice Little, last of the twenty-one charter members, died in 1964 at the age of 101.

The following article with no masthead included, published in a local Burlington newspaper, recounts a chapter meeting during the organizational process: "Stars and Stripes Chapter was organized on January 20, 1897, and the name chosen and constitution adopted January 23.  On February 22, there being fourteen members, the first programme meeting was held at the home of Miss [Edith] Crapo, our indefatigable young Regent, who has given unlimited time and thought and energy to the forming of this Chapter.  The parlor was draped with flags, and the tea table trimmed with patriotic colors and appropriate flowers.  Tiny flags were presented to the members, and to each flag was tied a cord bearing some stirring extract from Washington's writings or addresses."

Throughout the years, the chapter has supported projects of the national and state societies and endeavors to perpetuate the memory of history-making events by placing bronze markers at local sites of historical significance.  

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

  • Stagecoach Depot at Jimtown Road, 2 miles west of Danville on US Highway 34
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Pathway of the Pioneers, at Agency and Curran Streets in Burlington.  Wagons circled west on this hilltop, Agency Hill.
  • Solar Eclipse of 1869, South Hill Park at 7th and Elm Streets in Burlington
  • James Wilson Grimes Homesite, 700 Pine Street in Burlington.  Grimes was a prominent lawyer and legislator.
  • Seven Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Des Moines County.  A bronze plaque is located at the Des Moines County Court House in Burlington.