Rambo House

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Rambo House
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Rambo House is located in Iowa
Rambo House
Rambo House is located in the US
Rambo House
Location 430 N. Cody Rd.
Le Claire, Iowa
Coordinates 41°36′5.27″N 90°20′38.28″W / 41.6014639°N 90.3439667°W / 41.6014639; -90.3439667Coordinates: 41°36′5.27″N 90°20′38.28″W / 41.6014639°N 90.3439667°W / 41.6014639; -90.3439667
Built 1855
Architectural style Italianate
Part of Cody Road Historic District (#79000943)
MPS Houses of Mississippi River Men TR
NRHP Reference # 79003704 [1]
Added to NRHP April 13, 1979

The Rambo House is an historic property located in Le Claire, Iowa, United States. The residence has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979.[1] The property is part of the Houses of Mississippi River Men Thematic Resource, which covers the homes of men from LeClaire who worked on the Mississippi River as riverboat captains, pilots, builders and owners.[2] It is also a contributing property in the Cody Road Historic District.[3]


When William Rambo came to Le Claire in 1844 he established the Scott and Rambo saw mill south of the town.[4] From 1853 to 1871 he worked as a river pilot on the Upper Rapids. He built this house in 1855. While he worked on the river he also invested in real estate in Nebraska. His son James began his river career as a raft hand in 1862 and the following year he received his pilot's license.


The Rambo House is a two-story, three bay, transitional Greek Revival/Italianate frame house.[4] It is also two bays deep and has cornerboards that terminate in molding under the broad eaves and large brackets of the hipped roof. The main entrance is located in the center bay and it features a triangular pedimented lintel. The windows on both floors are tall with straight, molded lintels and flat enframements. The front porch extends across the facade and has a pent roof that is supported by slender turned posts. A polygonal bay on the first floor protrudes from the south side. The house is located on a lot that sits above street level and is surrounded by a stone retaining wall.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-11-03. 
  2. ^ "Houses of Mississippi River Men Thematic Resource" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  3. ^ "NRHP Inventory-Nomination: Cody Road Historic District" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-04-10. 
  4. ^ a b "NRHP Inventory-Nomination: Rambo House" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2015-04-10.