IAGenWeb Project - Allamakee co. Misc. Historical Items

Elephant Bluff, Union City twp
A Landmark for early settlers in Allamakee county

Elephant Bluff, historical marker - photo by Errin Wilker

Elephant Bluff is located in Union City Township, on a bend in the Upper Iowa River (Oneota). The English Bench school was at the base of this bluff.  If you look closely at the photo below, you can see a little white dot surrounded by a clearing.  That's the school outhouse.

Elephant Bluff - photo by Errin Wilker 2008

Elephant Bluff suggests the animal in a reclining position. It served as a landmark for early settlers. From the 1913 Past & Present of Allamakee County, chapter 19: "The Elephant is a lone bluff fronting a bend in the Oneota and sloping back to the English Bench."

~photos taken by Errin Wilker for Allamakee co. IAGenWeb

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