|Department of Iowa - Civil War Monuments|
Keokuk County - Keota
In the first photo, if you look closely, you will see “GAR” and "WRC" inscribed on the middle of the cannnon mount. The second photo is taken from the other side, from the same angle as the old photo that follows. The old undated photo is from a history of the WRC covering 1884-1834. This is located in Wilson Park on the SW corner of Centennial Avenue and Fulton Street. It is in the south part of town. Photos taken 5/1/09.
Town Historian Larry Sanders says that the cannon balls were melted down for World War II. However, there is no record of what happened to the cannon. He believes it was gone before WWII as persons who were there at the time do not remember it. The cannon was purchased for $120 from the Rock Island Arsenal. It was nicknamed "General Parrott" and there is a report that it broke down on a trip to Sigourney in 1879. According to historical information, "On one occasion the early townsmen became over enthusiastic about making a loud noise and they packed General Parrott's muzzle with clay before touching off his breech and busted the bar'l and General Parrott had to be sent to a foundry where three feet of his muzzle had to be amputated." The placement of the cannon on the mount was in 1910.