Fort Atkinson State Preserve

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Fort Atkinson State Preserve

Iowa

(563) 425-4161

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Overview

Fort Atkinson was established as a federal military outpost in 1840. It was built to keep the Winnebago Indians on Neutral Ground (a 40-mile-wide strip of land established by the Treaty of 1830) after their removal from Wisconsin in 1840, and to provide protection for them from the Sioux, Sauk, Fox and from white intruders on Indian land. Visit Fort Atkinson and journey back in time to when Iowa was just entering statehood, native prairie covered over 90 percent of the land, and American settlers and Native Americans vied for ownership of the West.

The Fort Atkinson Interpretive Audio Tour provides a glimpse of what daily life was like on the Iowa frontier twenty years before the American Civil War. The annual rendezvous, held during the last full weekend of September, recreates life on the 1840s Iowa frontier with authentic buckskinners, U.S. Army dragoons, black powder shoots, crafts people, contests and demonstrations.

Map of Fort Atkinson (IA)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.152462, -91.929789

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Activities

  • Historic Sites

    The Fort Atkinson Interpretive Audio Tour provides a glimpse of what daily life was like on the Iowa frontier twenty years before the American Civil War. The annual rendezvous, held during the last full weekend of September, recreates life on the 1840s Iowa frontier with authentic buckskinners, U.S. Army dragoons, black powder shoots, crafts people, contests and demonstrations. The Fort Atkinson museum is open by appointment only and during rendezvous; call park office for details.

Seasonality/Weather

Iowa summers are known for heat and humidity, with daytime temperatures often near 90°F and sometimes exceeding 100°F. Spring ushers in the beginning of the severe weather season--thunderstorms and tornadoes are common during the spring and summer months. Average winters in the state have been known to drop well below freezing, even falling below 0°F.

Directions

Driving

The Fort Atkinson Preserve is in Winneshiek County, approximately 175 miles northeast of Des Moines, 95 miles north of Cedar Rapids, 80 miles northwest of Dubuque and 65 miles northeast of Waterloo. The preserve lies just west of State Highway 24 on the north side of the town of Fort Atkinson.

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(563) 425-4161

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