Spent a couple of days in Keokuk (KEY-o-cuck) Iowa. Keokuk is the home of the largest dam and ship lock on the Mississippi River. The dam is on the widest part of the river and has 113 spillway gates. The lock is used for moving boats and barges past the dam. The lock has a 40 foot lift and is over 1000 feet long. We were lucky to catch a barge moving down river and got to see it leave the lock. After the barge cleared the lock, a couple of bass boats entered and got a lift on their way upstream.
Kathie found another house. This one was built in 1902 and has 4 levels. It has 7 bedrooms, and 5 1/2 baths and an elevator. Has a beautiful views of the Mississippi river. It's "only" $425,000.
Took a drive to the other side of the river up to Nauvoo, Il. Nauvoo is/was a Morman town founded in the 1840's. There are still many brick buildings standing in the historic part of town. They have a large temple up on the hill.