A Long-Forgotten, Little-Known Cemetery Is All That’s Left Of The Town Of Red Rock, Iowa

You may have heard of the six towns that used to lie along the Des Moines River in Iowa where Lake Red Rock now is. They were bought out and moved or destroyed in preparation for the flooding lake waters. But there was a problem; the cemeteries could not just be left to disappear forever under the water. So, before the dam was finished, workers exhumed those buried in the lake’s path, cemetery by cemetery, and moved them to new resting places – eight cemeteries were moved! But one did not have to be – Red Rock Cemetery.

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Did you know Red Rock was the first town in Marion County, Iowa? It was also once considered as a potential site for Iowa’s capital city. Learn more about its history here. See the cemetery on Google Maps here

Address: Red Rock Cemetery, 318 Hickory Ln, Otley, IA 50214, USA