So Much To Offer...
Keosauqua, the Indian term for "Big Bend", is a unique blend of historic architecture, natural beauty, small-town values, quaint shops and business opportunity.
While the Hotel Manning stands as Keosauqua's best known landmark and symbol of the town's steamboat era, the village has many special features that make it stand out. The Van Buren County courthouse is Iowa's oldest in continuous use and was the scene of Iowa's first legal hanging in nearby Hangman's Hollow. The 1847 Pearson House was at one time a stop on the "underground railroad."
Across the lazy Des Moines River from the hotel is Lacey-Keosauqua State Park which also borders the river's great horseshoe bend. It's one of Iowa's most beautiful parks and is also its largest. Nearby is Lake Sugema, another natural setting for the hunter and fisherman to explore.
With virtually no crime (and literally not a traffic light in town) Keosauqua is a community of friendly neighbors. Despite its size, it still provides its citizens with vital services. A full-service hospital and clinic, pharmacy and dentist office all operate within the community. Keosauqua is the geographical center of the Van Buren Community School District and the site of its junior-senior high school. Indian Hills Community College local extension center offers excellent educational opportunities and is connected via the fiber optics network. Retirement apartments, a state of the art assisted living facility and an excellent nursing home facility offer its older residents a means of adapting to a new lifestyle.
Hospitality abounds at the many places to dine and stay in Keosauqua and the surrounding area. Accommodations are all near such diversions as antiquing, golf, tennis, hiking, swimming, and boating.
Keosauqua has so much to offer. Come visit our unique community. . . and, like others before you . . . you may decide to join us for a lifetime!