Keokuk, Iowa was named for Chief Keokuck and developed as a significant trading post along the Des Moines and Mississippi Rivers. Keokuk was incorporated in 1847 and became a center for Mormon pioneers in the 1850s. Keokuk features a rich baseball history with the first team forming in 1875; the same year the first professional baseball game was played in Iowa.
Weather is considered humid continental and includes an average of 39 inches of rain and 21 inches of snow annually. Measurable precipitation falls on 68 days out of the year compared to 202 days of sunshine. Average summer high temperatures are in the mid-80s, while winter highs are in the upper-30s.
Local attractions and entertainment cover a wide range of interests including history, recreation, art, music and much more. Bridge Observation Deck, Chief Keokuk Monument, Miller House Museum, Grand Theater, Keokuk Union Depot and George M. Verity Riverboat Museum are among the notable destinations. You will also find several properties on the National Register of Historic Places such as Keokuk Lock & Dam, Hotel Iowa and Park Place/Grand Avenue residential district. Area celebrations such as Bald Eagle Appreciation Days, Alley Cat Bike Rally, Strawberry Festival and Keokuk Rocks the Art Festival add to the unique lifestyle in southeast Iowa.
Keokuk Community School District is comprised of five schools and more than 300 employees serving over 1,900 students locally. Southeastern Community College operates several campuses including one in Keokuk. SCC provides affordable, high-quality education and facilities for students in the Great River Region. UnityPoint Health – Keokuk is a 49-bed hospital featuring a highly-skilled staff and the latest technology to provide personalized patient and family care. Major industries operating in the area include Roquette America, Griffin Wheel, Henniges Automotive and Custom Hardware Manufacturing Inc.