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Keokuk city council approves bid to demolish riverfront barge

The riverfront casino barge brought to the city of Keokuk back in 2017 was once a centerpiece in hopes of commercial development.

The barge will soon be no more.

According to Keokuk Mayor Tom Richardson, the Keokuk City Council accepted a bid of $210,000 on Thursday night from Bricker Excavating in Quincy to demolish the structure.

It’s not the first time the city has paid a price tag in that range for the former casino barge.

Mayor Richardson says it cost the city roughly $190,000 to transport the barge to the Keokuk riverfront from Davenport in 2017.

Dylan Austin

Evening Anchor

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