Fort Madison, Iowa

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History and beauty combine for a breathtaking view of the Mississippi River. Fort Madison, with a population of over 11,000, is located along the Mississippi River in the southeastern corner of Iowa. Situated between bluffs along one of the widest portions of the Mississippi River, Fort Madison shares the Lee County Seat with Keokuk, which makes it the only county in Iowa with two seats of government. Continue browsing this page to see all houses for sale in Fort Madison, IA and if you need to do a little more research before buying, check out the information on this page.

Fort Madison is located southwest of Burlington. View homes for sale in the Burlington, Iowa area for more real estate options.

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Fort Madison is home to one of the most breathtaking river fronts along the Mighty Mississippi River. Along the shoreline, one will find the reconstructed Old Fort Madison that displays exhibits from the Smithsonian Institute. There is also a historic center, many train depots that have been restored, and the home of the world’s longest double-decker, swing span bridge. Along the river’s backdrop are beautiful historic buildings that are still used today as retail stores, hotels and also restaurants.

Fort Madison offers an abundance of recreation opportunities including boating, biking, fishing, skating and walking by way of the many beautiful community parks and the trails along the Mississippi River. The Fort Madison community is embellished with alluring architecture which the locals take pride in keeping beautiful.

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403 S. Gear Avenue, Suite 105
West Burlington, IA 52655
Phone Number: (563) 441-1776

Fort Madison History

Fort Madison is named for the first US military outpost in the upper Mississippi region. The Historic Old Fort Madison was an active military outpost from 1808 to 1813 and served as a trading post between the US Army and Native Americans. Chief Blackhawk’s first battle against US troops happened at the Old Fort Madison and was the only real War of 1812 battlefield located in Iowa. Fort Madison was one of three posts established by the US Army to maintain control over the Louisiana Territory.

Fort Madison also holds the Iowa Maximum Security Men’s Penitentiary and is now home to both the oldest and newest prisons west of the Mississippi River. Along with the history of Fort Madison, Sheaffer Pens, unique fountain pens designed and patented by Walter A. Sheaffer, were produced in Fort Madison from 1913 to 2007, earning Fort Madison the title of “Pen City.”

Attractions and Entertainment

Whether you are looking to do some shopping in the historic district, attend the famous Tri-State Rodeo, experience Iowa’s oldest Mexican Fiesta, see some amazing Art In Central Park or enjoy the holidays with the Annual Parade of Lights, Fort Madison is your go-to for some hometown fun!

Restaurants: If you are passing through or spending the day, Fort Madison is loaded with many amazing restaurants to curb your appetite. Start the day off with breakfast at Fort Colony Restaurant or The Cottage Cafe. Then, take a break from visiting the shops and attractions for lunch and/or dinner at Vel’s Amigos, Jake & Walt’s The Fort Diner, home of the Wallyburger, Palms Supper Club, Buffalo 61, Lost Duck Brewery and many more restaurants. Don’t forget to stop by Hall’s Ice Cream where you can enjoy all types of ice cream from the flavor of the day to creating your own Cyclone.  

Riverview Marina: Located in Riverview Park, it offers two launch ramps, overnight docking, a shower facility and is home to Captain Kirk’s Marina and the Old Fort Yacht Club.

Santa Fe Depot Museum: Stop in at the museum to go on guided tours and see Native American and railroad displays. This museum also serves as the home to the North Lee County Historical Society.

Sheaffer Memorial Golf Course: A public 18-hole golf course brought to Fort Madison in 1962. A new clubhouse was built in 1998 and features a pro shop, putting green and a driving range.

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