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Burlington is a city in Southeast Iowa. It is on the Mississippi River and has a population of about 27,000.

From the raising of the American flag here in 1805 by Zebulon Pike to becoming a post of the American Fur Company in 1829 and then Iowa Territory's first territorial capital in 1838, Burlington has been a place of considerable historical value. Intriguingly, it is the source for the name Hawkeye State (from the name of a newspaper honoring Chief Black Hawk) and the name Burlington Railroad.

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Map of Burlington (Iowa)

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  • 1 Snake Alley. Downtown Burlington's 'crookedest street in the world'. Like a miniature version of San Francisco's Lombard Street. Snake Alley (Q7546969) on Wikidata Snake Alley (Burlington, Iowa) on Wikipedia
  • Des Moines County Historical Society, N.3rd Street. site of old public library. Now home to Historical Society. Changing exhibites creates fresh interesting local history.
  • Crapo Park, 2800 Madison Ave. A riverfront park featuring a scenic overlook, arboretum, and the Hawkeye Cabin.
  • Starr's Cave Nature Center, 11627 Starrs Cave Park Rd. Nature reserve encompassing the Flint Creek ravine and other craggy topography, with a sealed-off "cave". Hiking and exploring opportunities. Sa-Su Noon-4pm.


  • Burlington Bees Baseball, 2712 Mt. Pleasant Street Burlington, Iowa 52601. Phone: +1 319 754-5705 is a Minor league baseball team. The season runs from the second week in April to the second week in September. Price ranges are from $8 to $6 and can be as little as $1 on promotion days.
  • Catfish Bend Casino, 3001 Winegard Dr. Casino with an attached Hampton Inn, buffet, gift shop, and even a water park.
    • FunCity Resort, this outdoor/indoor water park has a number of slides, not to mention a go-kart track, bowling alley, and arcade.
  • Wildlife Lakes Elk Farm Inc, 13810 Washington Rd, West Burlington. For when you've ever had an interest in petting or just watching an elk. +1 319-759-7548
  • 34 Raceway, 10463 S Prairie Grove Rd, West Burlington. This is a country style race track where you can watch OHV dragsters and such compete.





Catfish Bend Casino/FunCity Resort has a Hampton Inn as mentioned above as well its own hotel property.

Or, for a more quaint experience with views of the river, you could try:


Burlington has a touch of crime, so take heed when heading out, especially at night. Unfortunately, there was a traumatic LGBT hate crime death here in 2016, not wholly unlike what happened in Laramie, only this time the victim was only 16 years old.

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Routes through Burlington
OmahaOttumwa  W  E  GalesburgChicago
OsceolaFairfield  W  E  GalesburgAurora
DavenportMuscatine  N  S  Fort MadisonHannibal

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