The City of Keithsburg was founded in 1837 by Robert Keith, a Scotchman, who emigrated to America in 1834. Keithsburg is also known as Middle Yellowbanks, being situated in the Yellowbanks Territory, a name given by the Sac and Fox Indians for the sandy yellow clay soil in the riverbanks. The Yellowbanks Territory, consisting of Keithsburg, New Boston and Oquawka became part of the Military Tract which entitled veterans of the War of 1812 to parcels of land as military bounty.
There are numerous historical buildings in Keithsburg that are listed on the Historical Register.
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Created by Terri Gibson September 2000 (Last Updated March 2012)
City of Keithsburg P.O. Box 87; Keithsburg, IL. 61442-0087
Phone 309/374-2311 Fax 309/374-2346
Mon-8:00 -12:00 &1:00 - 5:00 Tues, Thur & Fri 8:00 -12:00 Closed Wed.