appearance of the country is one of great beauty. It may be represented
as one grand rolling prairie, along one side of which flows the mightiest
river in the world, and through which numerous navigable streams pursue
their devious way towards the ocean. In every part of this whole District,
beautiful rivers and creeks are to be found, whose transparent waters
are perpetually renewed by the springs from which they flow. Many of these
streams are connected with lakes; and hence their supply of water is remarkably
uniform throughout the seasons. All these rivers, creeks, and lakes are
skirted by woods, often several miles in width, affording shelter from
intense cold or heat to the animals that may there take refuge from the
From: "Iowa District of
the Wisconsin Territory" in The Book that Gave Iowa its Name, A
reprint, Published at Iowa City Iowa in 1935 by the state Historical
Society of Iowa. Used with permission.
You may enjoy reading more biographical information
about Albert M. Lea. Following his 1835 journey through Iowa, he also
wrote a memoir
of his journey and later published his Notes
on the Wisconsin Territory; Particularly with Reference to the Iowa District,
or the Black Hawk Purchase. These documents provide an abundance
of information about Iowa in 1835 in the actual words of Albert M. Lea.
Photos used by permission, State Historical Society of
Iowa, Iowa City.