Rand Park – Keokuk, Iowa

5randpark.jpg  Rand Park – Keokuk, Iowa

This park overlooks the Mississippi River at one of the river’s most breathtaking points. Scenic Rand Park was formed in 1882 from former cow pastures. The park is named for George Rand, Keokuk’s mayor at the time. Rand Park is home to the Chief Keokuk Gravesite. His body was exhumed from his 1848 grave in Kansas and reburied in the park. Chief Keokuk’s gravesite is marked with a monument and statue created by female Iowa sculptor Nellie Walker, which was dedicated in 1913. This tribe made their home along the half-breed tract which ran through southeast Iowa.

Other features of the park are a beautiful flower garden and fountain, pond, eighteen-hole disc golf course, playground equipment, shelter houses and picnic tables. It is also the site for April’s Civil War Re-enactment.

The number to reserve a shelter house at Rand Park is 319-524-2050.

Admission – None

Directions – On eastern side of Keokuk, Iowa

Hours – Open all hours


  1. Brinton A. Mohr says:

    I have been to the Civil War Reenactment in Rand Park. It truly is a beautiful site. I saw the Mississippi River from the area by the statue of Chief Keokuk. Breathtaking view.

  2. What cost is there to see th lights? says:

    coming for the Christmas lights and want to have directions and cost if anyl Thakn you

  3. The dates for the lights are November 26 – December 25, 2009. There is no cost for the viewing. Enjoy!

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