History Left An Unfortunate Mark At This One Notable Spot In Iowa, Red Rock Line

Did you know there was once a life-changing line running up the center of Iowa? Many people don’t. This line ran north from the Painted Rocks bluffs of what is now Lake Red Rock into Hardin County by Steamboat Rock. The line may not have created a physical barrier, but it did leave an unfortunate mark on American history, effectively dividing Iowa’s inhabitants in the mid-1800s into two separate groups: Native Americans and pioneers.  

Did you know about the history of the Red Rock Line? Have you ever seen any of the monuments marking its location? For another little-known bit of history, learn about the oldest soldier in the Civil War – he’s buried right here in Iowa.


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