Cheif Keokuk

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On schedule for Burlington Bulletin No. 60 - Duncan Cameron's comprehensive look at the CB&Q in Keokuk, Iowa. The city is named after Chief Keokuk (above) of the Sauk tribe in central North America. Chief Keokuk was born around 1780 in what soon became the Illinois Territory. He was one of the most recognized Native American leaders for decades, noted for his cooperation with the U.S. Government. He died at the Sauk tribe's new reservation near Ottawa, Kansas, in June 1848. The photo of Chief Keokuk is a Thomas Easterly photo taken in 1847. Below it, is a 1907 photo of Keokuk Union Depot and activity at train time. CB&Q H-1, 2-6-0 No. 1043 leading today's train, was originally built in the company shops for the Hannibal & St. Joseph as their No. 11 in 1890. The original daguerreotype is in the collection of the Missouri Historical Society and the print is in the National Anthropological Archives at the Smithsonian Institution. The Keokuk image is an F. J. Bandholts photo located in the Library of Congress.

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