of Black Hawk County
is collaborating with the Cedar Falls Historical Society
to bring you a tour of historical sites in the area. The
historical information and the black and white sketches
have been very generously provided by the Cedar Falls Historical
Society. The original black and white sketches were done
by Kim Menken. Members of the CedarNet HTML Committee have
provided photographs, maps, HTML markup of documents, and
updating. This project is "under construction," and updates
will include additional photographs that will add to your
touring enjoyment. The tour includes over 150 sites. Contributions
of historic photographs of sites on the tour are welcome.
thanks go to the Cedar Falls Historical Society Tour Committee:
Peggy McBride, Junior McBride, Norma Braden, Helen Hoy,
Rosemary Beach, Judith Cutler, Martha Waterman, Bill Lemke,
Rosie Peterson, Jodi Freet, and Heather Lee. Special thanks
also to the Waterloo Public Library.
We hope you
enjoy your tour!
Black Hawk County
County was created in 1843 by the Territorial Legislature
of Iowa and attached to Delaware County for judicial,
election, and revenue purposes, because there were few,
if any, white settlers at that time. The Sauk and Fox
(Meskwaki) Indians had lived here for many years, owning
the area until 1837. The County was named after the renowned
Sauk Chief Black Hawk, although he never lived here.
In 1845, Black
Hawk County was attached to Benton County, and in 1851
to Buchanan County, again for judicial, election and revenue
purposes. Not until August 17, 1853, did Black Hawk County
have its own government.
It is believed
the first white man to visit Black Hawk County was a Frenchman
named Gervais Paul Somaneaux. He came during the spring
of 1837, left during the winter, and returned about ten
years later to settle in Cedar Falls, where he lived until
his death in 1850.
Link to historical
Falls | Waterloo
| Evansdale | Gilbertville
| La Porte City | Raymond
| Hudson | Finchford/Janesville
| Cemeteries | Lost
Historic Preservation Commission poster/postercards
CedarNet is looking
for your organization's webpage to be hosted
or linked with us.
Wednesday, June 2, 2004