Chief Taimah (Tama) was a prominent leader of the Meskwaki (Fox) tribe of Native Americans. He was born in 1790 and records indicate that he passed away in 1830. Iowa did not become a state until 1846.
He is famous for a number of reasons, but perhaps most so for saving the life of an Indian agent near Prairie du Chen (warning him of an assassination attempt) and for being a signatory on the 1824 treaty which gave Native American land to the U.S. government.
Today, the Meskwaki Nation Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi River has a settlement near Tama, Iowa (he is the namesake for both the county and the town). It is right along Highway 30. However, originally, the Meskwaki were located more in the Great Lakes region of the country before migrating south. Chief Taimah became the leader of a village near Burlington in Southeast Iowa.
Taimah is buried in a little plot of land along the Great River Road between the communities of Burlington and Kingston in Des Moines County.
If you are traveling that section of road, you can stop and pay your respects at a marker. The marker is not on the exact spot of his grave, but it is close by. It is located on the edge of a beautiful forested area.
There's a little spot along the road where you can park a couple of cars at a time.
This may be quick stop on your adventure as you are traveling up or down the Great River Board, but it's an important stop when you consider his prominence. There are plenty of resources available on the web to learn more about Taimah and I'd encourage you to do so.
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