Fort Des Moines (1)

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Fort Des Moines (1) (1834-1837) - A U.S. Army post established as Camp Des Moines in 1834 by Lt. Colonel Stephen Watts Kearny, 1st U.S. Dragoons, in Lee County, Iowa. Renamed Fort Des Moines in 1835. Abandoned in 1837.

Fort Des Moines (1) History

Established 19 May 1834 as Camp Des Moines by Lt. Colonel Stephen Watts Kearny, 1st U.S. Dragoons to control and protect the Sac and Fox Indians. Abandoned 1 Jun 1837 and the buildings sold to private owners. The fort site became the town of Montrose.

Current Status

Marker only in Montrose, Lee County, Iowa


USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry:

  • Name: Fort Des Moines Post Office Type: Historical Class: Post Office ID: 1981248
  • Location: Lee County, Iowa, US, FIPS Code: 19111
  • Latitude: 40.5317089, Longitude: -91.4154316, Elevation: 535 Map: Nauvoo
  • As Of: 16 Jan 2003
Source: U.S. Board on Geographic Names

Location: Montrose, Lee County, Iowa.

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Lat: 40.5317089 Long: -91.4154316

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