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Cedar Rapids Historic Markers

The Cedar Rapids Historic Markers project (also known as the "History Happened Here!" program) is a collaborative community history project that seeks to highlight notable historic sites throughout the city. The sites included in this project range from architecturally significant buildings to narratives related to the founding of Cedar Rapids to lesser known story about our community’s past. Key collaborators of this project include the Cedar Rapids Historic Preservation Commission, The History Center, Coe College, the African American Museum of Iowa, local faith communities, neighborhood associations, as well as a number of individual community residents.

Click on the links below to learn more about these sites.


Adams School
African American Museum of Iowa
Art Pennington
Ausadie Apartment Building
BCR&N Railway Building
Bethel AME Church
Cedar Rapids City Hall
Cedar Rapids Pump Company Factory and Warehouse
Cedar Valley Neighborhood
Chandler Grocery
Chandler Mansion
Chandler Pump Company
Christ Sanctified Holy Church
Cleveland Park
Cleveland School
Coe College
Coffits Building
Dulin Grocery
Ellis Park Pool
Emma Oliphant/Liddle & Carter Garmet Factory 
Fifth Avenue Roller Skating Rink 
First Presbyterian Church
First Reformed Church / Eden United Church of Christ
Former Cedar Rapids Police Station / Linn County Sheriff's Office
Freda's Beauty Rama
Grace Episcopal Church
Grant Vocational High School 
Harrison School
Haskell Park
Historic Gas Stations
Hose House #2
Hus Memorial Presbyterian Church
HyVee Corner
Immaculate Conception Church and Rectory
IowaTheater Building
Jefferson High School
Kingston Hill 
Kingston Stadium
Knotty Pine Restaurant/Old McDonald's Hamburgers
Lowery Family Residence
Lustron Homes
Marshall's Restaurant
Mayor Huston's House
Mother Mosque
Mount Zion Baptist Church
Muskawaki Block
Oak Hill Cemetery 
Oak Hill Neighborhood
Old Cleveland School
Old DOT Driver's License Station
Old Fire Station #8
Old Holiday Inn
Old Paramount Pharmacy
Paramount Theater Building
Phillips 66 Service Station 
Piggly Wiggly/Dee Electronics
Raspberry Family Residence 
Riverside Park
Robinson's/Minnesota Plywood
Roosevelt School
Scottish Rite Temple
Second Christian Church/Cedar Christian Church
Sepia Motel 
St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church
St. Patrick's Church
St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Strand Theater
Thomas and Anna Oliphant Family Residence 
Veterans Memorial
Virgil Powell/King Building Police Station 
Warner/Ilten Building
Washington High School 

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