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Clayton County: Guttenberg
GPS Coordinates: 42.791190 by -91.104930

Samuel Merrill Freedom Rock
The Clayton County Freedom Rock honors Samuel Merrill (1822-1899) who was a Civil War soldier and Governor of Iowa. He was born in Maine but moved to McGregor in Clayton County in 1856 where he became a successful merchant and banker. He was the Colonel of the 21st Iowa Infantry Regiment but was severely wounded in the Battle of Big Black River Bridge on May 17, 1863. While he attempted to return to the Army, effects of the wounds resulted in being mustered out in 1864. He was elected as Iowa's Governor, serving from 1868-1872. He is buried in Woodland Cemetery in Des Moines. The Freedom Rock is painted by Ray "Bubba" Sorensen. It is in a very nice location off Hwy 52 on the NW side of Guttenberg near the swimming pool. Photo taken 6/4/21..

Samuel Merrill Freedom Rock