In 1835 Lieutenant Albert Lea traveled through eastern Iowa looking for a good location for a fort. Under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Kearney, Albert Lea was part of an expedition that departed from Fort Des Moines on June 7 and returned on August 19, 1835. Fort Des Moines, not to be confused with the present-day fort located at the city of Des Moines, was located in extreme southeast Iowa near where the Des Moines and Mississippi Rivers meet. During the eleven-hundred-mile journey through eastern Iowa, Lea kept a journal that described the events of each day. Serving as topographer for the group, Lea also made a detailed map of the territory.
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