Bentonsport, a village on the Des Moines River near Keosauqua, in Van Buren County, Iowa, was recognized in 1972 for being very little changed since its historic heyday as a thriving steamboat port in the mid-1800s. A 35-acre historic district covering 16 original blocks in the historic center of the village was then approved for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The district also included waterfront property and the villages historic wagon bridge across the river to the village of Vernon.
The village was platted in March, 1836, and was located at the first dam and locks on the Des Moines River authorized by the state in 1839. Soon it had two grist mills and a saw mill. It was named "Bentons Port" for Thomas Hart Benton and once had a population of about 1.000. It declined after the Keokuk, Fort Des Moines and Minnesota Railroad reached Des Moines in 1866. The river became non-navigable in 1870 and the dam and locks deteriorated, with the dam "failing" in 1879. The Bentonsport bridge opened in 1883 and is "the oldest wagon bridge of its type remaining on the Des Moines River."
Today the village has 40 residents, many of them artists and bed & breakfast keepers.
Its historic district includes:
- Cowles House, 1840s
- historic bridge, 1882–85
- Methodist Church, 1857
- I.O.O.F. Hall, 1840s, the oldest and perhaps first Odd Fellows Hall in Iowa
- Methodist Parsonage, 1855
- a blacksmith shop, 1840s
- Greef Dry Goods Store, 1865
- Bentonsport Academy, 1851, perhaps Iowas oldest high school
- Herman Greef House, 1863
- Presbyterian Church, 1855
- Mason House Inn, 1846
- Sanford House, 1852
- Bentonsport General Store
The district includes Federal, Gothic Revival, and "Steamboat Gothic" architecture.
In 2010, as a promotional term, the area calls itself "Bentonsport National Historic District".
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