Iowa City, Johnson County, and Eastern Iowa history, as seen through the eyes of postage stamps, postcards, letters, coins, books, and other collectibles.
Our Iowa Heritage: Albert Lea’s 1835 Map of Iowa.
Our map comes from the 1935 reprint, The Book That Gave Iowa Its Name, edited by Benjamin F. Shambaugh. As we discussed in an earlier post, Albert Lea’s original book (1836) was the promotional tool needed to prompt both Easterners and those living in the land itself to begin identifying this beautiful land as IOWA. Here’s Benjamin F. Shambaugh’s thoughts on the matter…
So, allow me here to post a few closeups on Albert Lea’s 1835 map, along with some quotes from his book…
Above is the northern region of Iowa District (Dubuque County). Note the city of Dubuque (1833) with Catfish Creek (where Julien Dubuque first settled), and the large mining area called Lead Mines (including Galena, IL).
Above is the southern Iowa District county of Des Moines, with Burlington, Madison (Ft.), Keokuk, and Ft. Des Moines all located on the Mississippi River.
On the left, you can see Johnson County (Iowa River – also called the Bison River) & Linn County (Cedar River – called the Red Cedar) in east central Iowa. On the right (Johnson County) shows John Gilbert’s first trading post on the Iowa River (Napoleon) and identifies Chief Powesheik’s villages in that same area.