While my wife and I were traveling to Chicago, Illinois, we traveled by train. One of the brief stops we made on the way and on the way back was for a place called Fort Madison, Iowa. The only part of the town we could see was the old fort and some water. I was interested in finding out more about the fort and the town.
Fort Madison is the Midwest’s oldest American military garrison on the upper Mississippi River. This historic installation was home to Captain Horatio Stark’s Company of the First Regiment, United States Infantry, from 1808 to 1813. The fort participated in the war of 1812. (1) (Soldier Bios). They do reenactments with soldiers daily or almost daily. They also sell baked bread.
1. Visit Fort Madison. Also includes admission rates.