Most early leaders in Keokuk were men of strong faith and involvement with the church. Early settlers in Keokuk built churches as gathering and learning places. They worshiped, met their extended families, exchanged news and information, educated their children, shared friendships and fortified their spirits for their challenging lives. The first Catholic Services were held in 1833 and the first Protestant Services were held in 1835. In the late 1800s to early 1900s, a large Jewish community built a synagogue in Keokuk. By early mid-century most of that segment had moved to the St. Louis area, and the synagogue was closed.

Today, there are over 35 houses of worship, representing most major Christian denominations, serving spiritual needs and promoting cooperation in the community. The structures reflect traditional and modern architectural design and simple functional buildings.

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