Bonaparte Historic Riverfront District – Bonaparte, Iowa

Bonaparte’s National Historic Riverfront District offers a unique blend of yesterday’s ambience, today’s progress, and tomorrow’s success.

Bonaparte has been named the smallest Main Street Community in the United States and is one of just 5 winners in the entire U.S. of the "Great American Main Street Award". 

Bonaparte, originally named Meeks Mills, Wisconsin Territory, was founded in 1837 on the banks of the Des Moines River. There are two boat landings in Bonaparte to allow travels down the river; one in the city park near Bonaparte’s Retreat, while the other is located 2 miles downstream from Bonaparte on the south side of the river.

Vist such businesses as The Bonaparte Retreat Restaurant, Bonaparte Pottery, Bonaparte Mill Antiques & Collectibles, Country Heart Creations
Dis and Dat, Front Porch Antiques, Mid West Memories Newman’s General Store, The Bath House or Wixom’s Wood Crafts.

Bonaparte has many activities during the year for the visitor from craft shows to tours.

Location: Scenic Byway J-40, just 2 miles north off Highway 2.

Phone: Bonaparte Main Street Inc. 319-592-3400  


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