Iowa Historic Fort Reopens After Major Preservation Effort

Fort AtkinsonPhoto: Iowa DNR

(Fort Atkinson, IA) -- An 1840s' military post in Iowa has reopened after an extensive preservation project. The Fort Atkinson historic site includes original buildings and artifacts. Fort Atkinson is in northeast Iowa's Winneshiek County.

“We are very pleased with the results,” said Iowa DNR district supervisor Detra Dettmann. “These buildings are nearly 200 years old, and the care taken to stabilize and restore them while ensuring historical preservation was impressive.”

Dettman says several buildings received repairs that included disassembling walls, tracking each stone that was removed, and putting each stone back into original relative positions. 

The DNR is planning a public event to celebrate the project, a date has not been finalized.

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