Historic Sites

Learn about Elkader’s rich history. Did you know Elkader was named after an Algerian freedom fighter? Or that we are a Sister City of Mascara, Algeria? Or that we have eleven sites on the National Register of Historic Places? Tour the Carter House Museum to learn about our Algerian connection, visit the Earthmoving Legacy Center to learn of the rich history of dirt moving, or stop by the Depot and George Maier Rural Heritage Museum to take a step back in history.

You can also pick up a walking tour brochure at City Hall to check out the historical sites throughout town.

Downtown Historic District Sign in front of courthouse

Elkader Historic Sites

Other Historic Sites Near Elkader

Elkader Historical Society

The Elkader Historical Society preserves the history of the community with records and artifacts from the area's past. Formed in the early 1970's, the Society established a permanent home with the 1983 purchase and restoration of the Carter House, a National Register Historic Site home which the Society transformed into a museum with a collection of furniture, clothing, and artifacts from the 19th century. In 1993 an annex was added to allow more display space. Since the Carter House is a private museum, fund-raising events are an important part of the museum's schedule and the community's social life. Membership in the Society is open to all and volunteer museum guides are always welcome.

Historical Society President - Jim Walch 563-245-1660

*Historic sites articles are based on information compiled by Charles Schiller.


Contact Us

Chamber of Commerce
Email the Chamber
Phone: 563-245-2857
207 Main Street, PO Box 599
Elkader, IA 52043

Economic Development &
Main Street Elkader
Email ED & MSE
Phone: 536-245-2770
207 Main St, PO Box 125
Elkader, IA 52043

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