Bonaparte Historic Riverfront District

The Bonaparte Historic Riverfront District . . . located on the Des Moines River in Van Buren County Iowa  . . was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.

Within this southeast Iowa village there has been a resurgence of historic restoration which will give you the feeling of stepping back in time.

Bonaparte's National Historic Riverfront District offers a unique blend of yesterday's ambience, today's progress, and tomorrow's success, with a pinch of home grown ownership and a dash of community enthusiasm giving downtown a new flavor of potential for those with discriminating tastes.

A feast for the eye is the sometimes contrary Des Moines River, garnished with a butterfly garden, historic lock walls, refurbished bandshell, and restored mills.

Appetizing teasers are offered with historic street lights downtown, gracious Victorian homes, and charming 1800's cottages. One can't help but enjoy the architecture and shoppes in the beautiful National Historic Riverfront District.

Bonaparte has been named the smallest Main Street Community in the United States and has the honor of having been named a winner of the "Great American Main Street Award".

We invite you to visit us this year and join in on the fun!