On The Road To Statehood – Celebrating 175 Years – 1832.

Historians believe there was a total of about 1,700 to 2,000 Meskwaki people living in these Johnson County villages when European fur-traders first set foot here around 1832. This rare 1835 map from Lieutenant Albert Lea (above) shows the first American Fur Company trading post on the Iowa River and identifies Chief Powesheik’s villages in that same area.

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