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Friday, January 16, 2015

Historic Markers in Iowa


Some Historic Markers in Iowa, Compiled by Susie Webb Wright, Published at Iowa City in 1943 by the State Historical Society of Iowa-




Cedar Falls.  A marker placed on the site of the first school in Cedar Falls, at the corner of Main and Fifth streets, on the northwest corner of the intersection, reads as follows:
1853
SITE OF
FIRST PUBLIC SCHOOL HOUSE
IN CEDAR FALLS
USED ALSO FOR CHURCH AND COURT
MARKED BY CEDAR FALLS CHAPTER
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
1926

Waterloo. On Washington Street, Waterloo, there is a marker with this inscription:
"HOMES ARE THE CORNERSTONES
OF CIVILIZATION" -BRYCE.

THE FIRST LOG HOUSE IN WATERLOO WAS BUILT
IN 1846 - THE FIRST FRAME HOUSE ON THIS SITE
IN 1852 BY
CHARLES AND AMERICA MULLAN.
PLACED BY
WATERLOO CHAPTER
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
MAY, 1925

Waterloo. On Highway 218, between Waterloo and Cedar Falls, is a marker with the following inscription: 
SITE OF FIRST HOME
IN BLACK HAWK COUNTY
BUILT BY
GEORGE W. & MARY MELROSE
HANNA
1845

Waterloo. On a pillar in the lobby of the Y.M.C.A. building is a bronze tablet with this inscription:
THIS TABLET IS DEDICATED 
TO THE MEMORY OF
GEORGE W. HANNA
AND 
MARY MELROSE HANNA
HIS WIFE
PIONEERS . CHRISTIANS . PATRIOTS
THEY FORDED THE CEDAR RIVER A THIS
POINT JULY 18, 1845; JOINED IN PLATTING
VILLAGE OF WATERLOO, 1854; ESTABLISHED
FIRST FAMILY ALTAR AND HELPED TO ORGANIZE
FIRST PUBLIC RELIGIOUS SERVICES IN 
BLACK HAWK COUNTY.

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