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Muscatine, Iowa

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Our Genealogy Helper for Muscatine ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Muscatine (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Muscatine. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Muscatine is located in Muscatine County and is the County Seat.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Muscatine County: Cedar, Johnson, Louisa, Scott & Rock Island (IL).

Below are the counties that are near Muscatine. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Muscatine:

Muscatine     (The home county for Muscatine)
  Fruitland   [Map]     SW   5 miles [8 km]<1>
  Moscow   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Atalissa   [Map]     NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Midway Beach   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  South Towne Park   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     N   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Montpelier   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Nichols   [Map]     W   13 miles [20.9 km]
  West Liberty   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Conesville   [Map]     W   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Stockton   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Lime City   [Map]     N   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Durant   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Centerdale   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Downey   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Springdale   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Bennett   [Map]     N   22 miles [35.4 km]
  West Branch   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cedar Valley   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Tipton   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Buchanan   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Wheatland   [Map]     N   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Calamus   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Toronto   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Grand Mound   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  De Witt   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Lost Nation   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
Des Moines
  Mediapolis   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Yarmouth   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sperry   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Dodgeville   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Danville   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Winfield   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Mount Union   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Olds   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Swedesburg   [Map]     SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Wayland   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Coppock   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
  New London   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mount Pleasant   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Lone Tree   [Map]     W   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Oasis   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Hills   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Iowa City   [Map]     NW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  University Heights   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Coralville   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Solon   [Map]     NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Williamstown   [Map]     W   35 miles [56.3 km]
  North Liberty   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Tiffin   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Amish   [Map]     W   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Oxford Mills   [Map]     N   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Oxford Junction   [Map]     N   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Olin   [Map]     N   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Letts   [Map]     SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Grandview   [Map]     SW   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     SW   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wapello   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Columbus Junction   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Elrick Junction   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Oakville   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Cotter   [Map]     SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Morning Sun   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Wyman   [Map]     SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Buffalo   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Blue Grass   [Map]     NE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Walcott   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  New Liberty   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Hickory Grove   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Maysville   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Davenport   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Dixon   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Donahue   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Eldridge   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Long Grove   [Map]     NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Bettendorf   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Ainsworth   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     W   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Crawfordsville   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Kalona   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Washington   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Wellman   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  West Chester   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
Henderson (IL)
  Oquawka (IL)   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Gladstone (IL)   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Biggsville (IL)   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
Henry (IL)
  Orion (IL)   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Colona (IL)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Green Rock (IL)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Lynn Center (IL)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Ophiem (IL)   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Cleveland (IL)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dayton (IL)   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Alpha (IL)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Knox (IL)
  Rio (IL)   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
Mercer (IL)
  Eliza (IL)   [Map]     SE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  New Boston (IL)   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Joy (IL)   [Map]     SE   18 miles [29 km]
  Keithsburg (IL)   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Aledo (IL)   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Seaton (IL)   [Map]     SE   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Preemption (IL)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Matherville (IL)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Shale City (IL)   [Map]     SE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Gilchrist (IL)   [Map]     SE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Burgess (IL)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Viola (IL)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
Rock Island (IL)
  Illinois City (IL)   [Map]     E   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Buffalo Prairie (IL)   [Map]     SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Andalusia (IL)   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Taylor Ridge (IL)   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Reynolds (IL)   [Map]     E   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Oak Grove (IL)   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Coyne Center (IL)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Milan (IL)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Rock Island (IL)   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Moline (IL)   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Coal Valley (IL)   [Map]     E   31 miles [49.9 km]
  East Moline (IL)   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
Warren (IL)
  Little York (IL)   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Gerlaw (IL)   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Shanghai City (IL)   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Muscatine, see our County-by-County Page for Muscatine.

Cemeteries Near Muscatine ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Muscatine.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Muscatine covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NE Greenwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NNE St. Marys Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Memorial Park   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  NE Jewish Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Gilbert Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSW Island Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Reynolds Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Friends Cemetery   [Map]     
  W High Prairie Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  WSW Ardon Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Houtz Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW Kiser Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Krell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Harker Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Klein Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. Johns Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Wagner Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Fairport Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  WSW Cranston Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Brockway Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Overman Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Illinois City Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SW Lettsville Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Wier Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSW Grandview Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Eliza Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Melpine Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Wildasin Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Wildsan Cemetery   [Map]     
  NW Weiss Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Moscow Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Muscatine ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 75 newspapers that have been published in the area around Muscatine.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Muscatine. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Muscatine and those printed in the larger area surrounding Muscatine.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 29 miles [46.7 km] of Muscatine.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Muscatine had a population of 11,454 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Muscatine had a population of 23,817 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Muscatine, with the one closest to Muscatine listed first.

Fruitland   [Map]
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Muscatine
 - Fruitland had a post office and railroad service
Summit   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Muscatine
 - Summit had railroad service and no post office
Illinois City (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Muscatine
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Illinois City had a post office and railroad service
Fairport   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East (E) from Muscatine
 - 1895 population of 198 people
 - Fairport had a post office and railroad service
Eliza (IL)   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Muscatine
 - 1895 population of 48 people
 - Eliza had a post office and no railroad service
Letts   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Muscatine
 - 1895 population of 325 people (with 378 people in 2018)
 - Letts had a post office and railroad service
Pine Mills - Historic   [Map]
 - While Pine Mills was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East Northeast (ENE) from Muscatine
 - Pine Mills had a post office and no railroad service
Moscow   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North (N) from Muscatine
 - 1895 population of 293 people
 - Moscow had a post office and railroad service
Grandview   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Muscatine
 - 1895 population of 243 people (with 533 people in 2018)
 - Grandview had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Muscatine. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Muscatine in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Muscatine:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Iowa to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Muscatine County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cedar County:     Cyndi's



Clinton County:     Cyndi's



Des Moines County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Johnson County:     Cyndi's



Jones County:     Cyndi's



Linn County:     Cyndi's



Louisa County:     Cyndi's



Scott County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's



Henderson County (IL):     Cyndi's



Henry County (IL):     Cyndi's



Knox County (IL):     Cyndi's



Mercer County (IL):     Cyndi's



Rock Island County (IL):     Cyndi's



Warren County (IL):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Muscatine County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Iowa, for Muscatine County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Iowa
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Muscatine ...

While our initial data about Muscatine came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Muscatine in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Muscatine.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Muscatine:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

1924 Map of the Lincoln Highway - shows location of Muscatine

We have found Muscatine in these Censuses: 2010-1970. See our Census Page for Muscatine for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Muscatine. See our Misc Page for Muscatine for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Iowa

About Muscatine County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Muscatine:

The official website for Muscatine County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Muscatine) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Muscatine. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Muscatine

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Muscatine. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.4166, Longitude: -91.0710     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Muscatine have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Muscatine, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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