Bellevue Travel Guide

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    Jill in Riverside Park
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    River in Bellevue, IA
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    IC&E locomotive moving down 2nd street.
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Bellevue Things to Do

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    by deecat Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    What sets Bellevue apart from some other small Iowa towns is the fact that it is located along the Mississippi River. The community has done a fine job taking advantage of that fact.

    They have created a River Park and walkway that is not only beautiful but a delight to enjoy, especially on a warm day in May. The park has antique fixtures, old street lights, many convenient benches, a war memorial, and two beautiful lion statues.

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    1. Jill stating beside the beautiful Lions in the Riverfront Park that we enjoyed visiting.

    2. A Memorial dedicated to the armed forces of our county that was done by the American Legion.

    3. Upclose to see one of the quotes which reads, "Day is done, gone the sun. From the lake, from the hill, from the sky, all is well. Safely rest, God is nigh".

    4. The much-needed shade trees which add beauty to the park.

    5. Bellevue's Lock and Dam #12. We saw a huge tug boat & barge pass through the locks.

    This is such an asset for this small town.

    Jill Beside the Lions and bench in Riveside Park War Memorial in Park Upclose with quote Shady Trees in the Park Lock and Dam #12 in Bellevue
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Bellevue Restaurants

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    by deecat Updated Jun 21, 2007

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    Although I usually don't even eat at fast foot restaurants, Jill and I could not resist eating at the Subway Restaurant in Bellevue, Iowa! It's location is really incredible: right on the Mississippi River where you can see Bellevue Lock and Dam Number 12!

    The photograph shows the beautiful large deck that this restaurant has. Because Jill cannot sit in the sun; instead, we sat inside at the windows that look out over the River. I went outside to take the photo because I knew few people would believe that this location was from a Subway Sandwich Restaurant.

    In addition, this was, indeed, the largest Subway Sandwich Shop that I had ever seen. No doubt, since I saw no other Fast Food restaurants in Bellevue, lots of residents stop here. It was around noon, and we had to wait in line.

    Favorite Dish: Both Jill and I ordered A Veggie Subway Sandwich with our choices of vegetables and our choice of freshly-made bread. I had the Italian Cheese Bread, and Jill chose the Honey Wheat bread. In addition, we had the 75 calorie bag of potato chips that are low fat, and a cold drink with as many refills as we wanted.

    We certainly enjoyed our meal; it was fresh, tasted delicious, and we loved the view!

    Deck of Subway Sandwiches in Bellevue, Iowa
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    by deecat Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    Another reason that we visited Bellevue was to see the historic Potter's Mill Restaurant and Bed and Breakfast. It was in the afternoon so we asked for a Lunch Menu.
    Since we had already eaten, Jill and I decided to have dessert. Actually, it was an excuse because we were excited to see the inside of the mill.

    The Lunch Menu features such appetizers as Spinach Artichoke Dip with Toasted French Bread; Crab Stuffed Mushrooms; Coconut Shrimp Cocktail; and Onion Rings.

    They also have several Salads such as Mandarin Chicken, Spinach Spring, and Captain's Caprese.

    Of course, they have Wraps and Sandwiches such as Walleye Pike, Bellevue Steak, Chicken or Tuna Salad, Monte Cristo, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Carmelized Onion Jam Wrap or Wrap of the Day

    They also feature a Build Your Own Burger!.

    Lunch Entrees include Homemade Meatloaf, Liver & Onions, Broasted Chicken, or Lunch Pasta.

    This all sounded delicious, but we just wanted dessert.

    Favorite Dish: Jill and I split a dessert which was so rich and delicious. It was a turtle cheesecake like none other I have ever tasted. I also had coffee with my dessert. As we ate, we marveled at the huge timbers, beautiful limestone, and gorgeous old floors still intact. A wonderful experience.

    In the Potter's Mill Restaurant, they have a menu of hearty food, wholesome breads, and delicious desserts.

    Potter's Mill Restaurant in Bellevue, Iowa Jill seated at table in Potter's Mill Restaurant Some of the Original Equipment at the Mill Downstairs Portion of Potter's Mill Restaurant Size of the Original Timbers at Potter's Mill
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    by OnTheSiouxFallsSub Written Jun 12, 2005

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    The 2nd Street Station is one of the main restruants in Bellevue and serves some good food, in a bar-like atmosthere.

    Favorite Dish: Pizza

    2nd Street Station on 2nd Street in Bellevue, IA

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Bellevue Shopping

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    by deecat Updated Jun 21, 2007

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    Be sure to check out all the photographs!

    The Book Worm Books & Things Store is quite unique. Like other bookstores, they have a variety of books {fiction, non-fiction, mystery, cooking, historical, and children's books], and they also have "experienced" books that are still in great shape and much less expensive.

    They have a very special "Historical to the Hysterical" section about the Bellevue War, ghost of the Mississippi River, and more. They claim to have the most extensive collection of Bellevue, Iowa, and Mississippi River history books in the Midwest.

    You can also special order books or Historic Books of Bellevue, Iowa, and the Mississippi River. The proprietor is Sheila Hargrave.

    Note: In the second photograph, you see a mosaic entrance with DR. LAMPE spelled out. He was the doctor who, at one time, practiced from this location

    What to buy: They also sell antiques and collectibles. I noticed that they have a huge selection of hand painted signs, some of which are quite humorous.

    In addition, they have a wide selection of scented candles. They also sell greeting cards by Leanin' Tree and Northern Exposure. I also saw neckwraps, memory stones, handmade craft items, humanity bracelets to name a few items. Some of their offerings are hand crafted by local artisans.j

    What to pay: Prices were quite reasonable. Jill purchased a mystery that she had been wanting to read.

    Signage for Book Work & Things Previous Owner's Mosaic Inside The Book Worm & Things
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Bellevue Local Customs

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    by deecat Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    One of the most fascinating activities on this trip was seeing and learning about the Lock and Dam System along the Mississippi River. The perfect place to observe the workings of the system is in Bellevue, Iowa. First of all, Bellevue is a picturesque river town with a wonderful riverfront park with swings and benches that are perfect for viewing the locking procedure. This is located on Highway 52 known as the Great River Road.

    This particular lock and dam is located on the Upper Mississippi River. The parts of the dam that move start at the locks adjacent to the Iowa shore. There are seven "tainter gates" and three "roller gates". This all connects to a storage yard that continues toward the Illinois shore with three dikes. There is a Savanna Army Depot adjoining it on the Illinois side.

    It is maintained by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Its construction began in 1934 but did not open until may of 1939. The Corps of engineers is responsible for the 1,017 acres that the Lock and Dam No. 12 covers plus a building and three other structures.

    In 2004, the Lock and Dam #12 was listed in the National Register of Historic Places

    Jill and I enjoyed sitting on the bench in the Riverside Park watching a Tug Boat and several barges pass through the Lock and Dam here in Bellevue.

    Lock and Dam #12, Bellevue View of Tug at Lock & Dam #12, Bellevue Can Sit on Shady Bench to Watch Lock & Dam #12
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Bellevue Off The Beaten Path

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    by deecat Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    Bellevue State Park on the outskirts of Bellevue is located on 300-foot bluffs that overlook the Mississippi River.

    This park was named for Bellevue, Iowa, which is to its north. The park has two tracts that are called Units. The Nelson Unit is to the north; the Dyas Unit is to the south. We were in the Nelson Unit.

    This is a great park for families because you can camp, and there are several short trails for exploration. There are also three Woodland Period Indian mounds which are historic and unique.

    In addition, There is The Bellevue Butterfly Garden Sanctuary [Open 4 a.m.-10:30 p.m.] that is designed to attract butterflies. They have planted nectar plants for adult butterflies, and they have planted host plants for the caterpillars. It's amazing, but they have more than 60 species of butterflies each year that visit this rather small garden. There is also a three-acre reconstructed prairie.

    There are over 100 separate plots, and an area which we failed to see is supposed to be next to this garden to allow people a close-up view of the butterflies.

    When we were there, the area had not had rain for a month, and it was quite dry. Also, it was too early for most of the plants to be in bloom. Thus, we were somewhat disappointed.

    Limestone Bluffs of the Park Sign for Bellevue State Park, Nelson Unit Signage for Butterfly Garden Very Dry portion of the Butterfly Garden
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Bellevue Favorites

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    by deecat Updated Jun 21, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The first thing that Jill and I did when we entered Bellevue was to find the chamber of Commerce. It's quite each since it's right on the main street, North Riverview Street.

    The woman who helped us was so kind. She pointed out the Dam and Lock, the location for the State Park, information about the Butterfly Garden, Places to Eat, and the Riverside Park.
    She was a good representative for Bellevue because she was so positive and enthusiastic.

    It's obvious that she really loves this town and is proud to live here. Her dedication to helping us speaks well for the Chamber itself.

    It's nice to see that The Chamber of Commerce believes in the community, and their Welcome Center is stocked with information on area businesses. They also have a great collection of postcards, pictures, and collectibles.

    They also help to plan and fund many of the activities in Bellevue.

    Fondest memory: After we ate our lunch, we went to the Riverside Park, and the woman from the Chamber of Commerce was on her lunch break. She stopped to talk with us and ask if there was any other information that we needed. That's just another example of the friendliness and commitment to service.

    Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce
    PO Box 12
    210 North Riverview Street Across from the Lock and Dam #12]
    Bellevue, IA 52031
    (563) 872-5830
    www.bellevueia.com
    E-mail: chamber @bellevueia.com

    Lock and Dam #12, Bellevue
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    by deecat Updated Jun 18, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Again, here in Bellevue, Iowa, Jill and I were thrilled to drive the Great River Road, Highway 52.

    Incidentally, The Great River Road [GRR] in the form of Highway 52 returns to the Mississippi valley right here at Bellevue. The town's lengthy Main Street and Riverfront Park right beside Lock and Dam No. 12 are part of the GRR.

    If you continue south of Bellevue, the Great River Road goes through sparsely populated wooded lowlands with the island town of Sabula [which was created by the Corps of Engineers when the pool above Lock and Dam No 13 flooded out the surrounding plains.

    For those of you who read my pages about Muscatine, Iowa,, you know that the concept for the Great River Road was started by a man from Muscatine, Charles Young. This same Charles Young came up with the logo on the white and green signs of a pilot wheel [see photograph]

    Fondest memory: Since the Great River Road follows the Mighty Mississippi River, it's an excellent way to soak up the scenic beauty of the area.

    The Great River Road is the longest parkway in the world [5,600 mile byway stretching from Kenora, Ontario, Canada to New Orleans, Louisiana]

    We felt honored to have been able to drive many sections of The Great River Road.

    Great River Road, Highway 52
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