Keokuk, Iowa


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

336 Votes - "Friendliest"
8 Votes - "Most Beautiful"
5 Votes - "Best for Geocaching"
3 Votes - "Most Fun"
1 Votes - "Most Patriotic"
Keokuk Iowa hosts some great events throughout the year for it’s residents and tourists. There is our Bald Eagle Days, Civil War Re-enactment, Wine Over Water, and Rollin’ on the River Blues Fest but one of my favorites and a best kept secret is The Back Alley Bandfest. This event is held in yards, garages, and alleys in our historic residential district annually. Folks stroll from block to block listening to music ranging from jazz to rock to big band and everything in between. The event is free with tips for the bands and is always a fun social happening!
Reviewed by books415
on September 24, 2013
Keokuk is fun and friendly all year long. The wintering location for the American Bald Eagle (because of the open water below the dam that is great for fishing), Keokuk hosts a big weekend Eagle Days celebration in January. The Battle of Pea Ridge is reenacted the last weekend in April each year during Keokuk's Civil War weekend at beautiful and historic Rand Park. All Spring, Summer and Fall, you can go to the Rand Park Pavilion to see musical concerts that are varied and top notch. The Great River Players present four plays (plus two youth presentations) every year in our historic Grand Theater - one of the plays in the Spring is a musical and showcases the tri-state area's wealth of talent. The Grand Theater is busy all year long with many, many musical, dance, and theatrical presentations - many are held as benefits for worthwhile causes. In December, Rand Park is transformed into the City of Christmas and thousands of cars tour the park to see the Christmas lights and displays that are a delight for all. There are many more events and interests that I have not highlighted here (geodes, history, beautiful homes on Grand Avenue, the Keokuk Railroad Depot that is being restored, the majestic Mississippi River including a Power Dam that began operation 100 years ago, etc.) and they all have one thing in common - there are no strangers in Keokuk -- go to any of these events and it is easy to strike up a conversation with a local resident who will be more than happy to tell you all about Keokuk.
Reviewed by Churchlady
on September 20, 2013
Keokuk, Iowa, the Best Little City by a DAM Site! Enter the town and you will see so much history in a small area. One can recall Samuel Clemens, the Stanton Brothers Fish Market and their Hotel, the building of the largest hydo-electrical dam in the world, Chief Keokuk, and so much more! The names of the fallen on the white headstones at the National Cemetery. The reasons to visit Keokuk are numerous and the treasures you will get there are embedded in your heart forever! Visit small town Keokuk, Iowa and maybe you will see a bald eagle or two or a barge locking through the locks!
Reviewed by keokukswede
on September 20, 2013
Besides all its historical qualities, Keokuk offers many cultural and arts events, along with seasonal celebrations. One of those events is Eagle Days where people from far and near come in January to observe the many bald eagles that come to feed on the fish during the winter months around Lock 19. Other interesting events include an April Civil War Re-enactmet, Wine over the Water, and Rolling on the River Blues celebration.
Reviewed by annieo47
on August 26, 2013
The beautiful Mississippi is just down the hill. Beautiful river roads and old homes that have been restored. A place to go home too.
Reviewed by dragonfair
on August 26, 2013
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