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