729 Grand Avenue is located in Keokuk, Iowa in the heart of the Grand Avenue/Park Place National Historic District that extends along a bluff 200 feet above the Mississippi River and is often referred to as the "Miracle Mile" for its abundance of beautiful historic homes.
While "in earlier years admission to the sacred precincts of the Avenue was through family name and achievement," The Grand Anne welcomes visitors from near and far to this beautiful boulevard.
A leisurely six-block stroll leads to Rand Park's gardens, lakes, fountains, beautiful green hills and new outdoor amphitheater. Developed in the 1880's, the park boasts one of the most scenic overlooks of the Mississippi and hosts a variety of activities include the April Civil War Reenactment and the December “City of Christmas” with nearly 100 displays and over a million lights. Also nearby is plenty of sightseeing, fishing, boating, bicycling, golf and antiquing as well as the Midwest's largest historic preservation site in nearby Nauvoo, IL.
729 Grand is also just across the street and down two from The Grand Anne Bed and Breakfast (pictured below right; see ).
A classic Mississippi River town, Keokuk, Iowa lies in the southeastern tip of Iowa near the confluence of the Mississippi and Des Moines Rivers where Iowa, Illinois and Missouri come together. Nestled away from large metropolitan areas, Keokuk is centrally located between Chicago to the north, St. Louis to the South and Des Moines to the west and is a beautiful 20 minute drive along the scenic Mississippi River Road from historic Nauvoo, Illinois, the "Williamsburg of the Midwest."
Keokuk is steeped in history; in fact Mark Twain, Howard Hughes, Robert E. Lee, William Worth Belknap (Ulysses S. Grant’s Secretary of War) J.C. Hubinger (the inventor of spray starch), professional baseball, Younkers department stores, five Civil War hospitals, a national cemetery all called Keokuk home (at least for a time). 729 Grand is situated just above ( and offers a nice view of) U.S. Lock & Dam #19, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and, when completed in 1913, was the largest electricity generating plant in the world.
With a population of 12,000, Keokuk offers a unique combination of small town friendliness, the spectacular natural beauty of the rivers, theater and fine arts, progressive local school system, and very affordable housing.
A number of special events and activities are available throughout the year, including:
- Rand Park is home to not only reenactments of "The Battle of Chickasaw Bayou" and "The Battle of Champion Hill," but includes family friendly activities such as competitions, contests, presentations, Military Balls, musical performances and more. April 27-28 2013
- Keokuk is the winter home of a large concentration of bald eagles on the Mississippi River. Come view eagles up close and in their natural habitat and enjoy a variety of seminars, exhibits and other activities. January 19-20, 2013
- Come for three days of flying, food and fun, including spot landings, bomb drops, formation flying school and more with warbirds, liaison planes, military trainers and enthusiasts. September 12-15, 2013.
- Come celebrate live blues music on the banks of the Mississippi River under the bridge in Victory Park. August 16-17, 2013.
- “Don’t miss this spectacular outdoor display of music and dancing with the dramatic backdrop of the Nauvoo Temple that shares the story of Nauvoo, how it came to be and what it meant to those who lived there in the 1840’s. July 9-August 3, 2013.
- Nauvoo (“The Williamsburg of the Midwest”) was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961. Visitors today can explore more than 40 restored homes and businesses, experience two visitors centers, take wagon rides, participate in multiple hands-on activities, watch movies and attend live theatrical performances all free of charge. Open Year Round.