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]A Muscatine native named Charles Young spent most of his life to the...more
It was such fun for Jill and I to visit the Muscatine History & Industry Center [formerly The Button Museum].There is a short video that gives an overview of the pearl button industry that features images of factory workers cutting button blanks and sorting finished buttons.This center exhibits items that relate to the industries that have employed...more
I was so thrilled to see up close the new bronze sculpture of a clammer which commemorates the clamming industry along Muscatine's riverfront [which thrived a century ago]. This trade provided the clamshells for the production of pearl buttons that were sold around the world.This statue is 28 feet tall [and over twice life-size!] It was...more
Jill and I were certainly impressed with the Riverfront Revitalization in Muscatine. Evidently, most of the work was done as part of Project Pearl of the Mississippi I and II.Improvements include a new boat launch, restored riverfront buildings, an extensive trail system, the Mississippi Harvest Sculpture", and Riverside ParkWe especially loved...more
Since I love architecture, I always manage to find beautiful Court Houses during our travel adventures. I eagerly awaited seeing Muscatine County Courthouse. Obviously, it is not a tourist attraction but rather a working courthouse that services as the seat for county government.However, that does not stop a visitor from admiring it. It was built...more
305 Cleveland St, Muscatine, IA 52761
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3115 HWY 61 NORTH, Muscatine, IA 52761
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3115 Hwy 61 North
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Once we arrived in Muscatine, we were quite hungry and needed a "restroom stop".We parked across from the Pearl Plaza, a Shopping and Eating location made from six renovated old buildings.. Here, after being amazed by the architecture, the quality of renovation, and the astounding beauty of the place, we found the elegant restrooms and then...more
small diner south of Muscatine. That areais called the Island. It is no longer an Island because the route of the Mississippi has been altered. It is a very sandy area now, that is excellent for growing watermellons. Hoopes Melon shed is right there also.The good Earth serves wonderful desserts and has a very friendly staff. Mushroom and Swiss...more
If you want a casual place to eat outside or in, by the banks of the Mississippi, you must go on the river highway toward Davenport, to the ssmall city of Fairport and eat at the Chart house.. boating people and just good old fashioned American Food.. You can eat on a screened porch overlooking the river.. Dont come dressed up!Very...more
An automobile is necessary to arrive in Muscatine. However, once you are there, you can park your car and walk the historical district downtown quite easily.
If you wish to see the newer sections and the industrial area of Muscatine, you will, indeed, need a car.
Jill and I drove from Galena,Illinois to Muscatine, drove to the 200 Block of West 2nd Street, found a parking spot right across from the Pearl Plaza, and left the car there the entire time.
If you also wish to see the Pine Creek Grist Mill/Melpine Schoolhouse/Wilcat Den State Park, then you'll be driving there.
This tip was written by my traveling partner, Jill Martin, the quilterThe Cotton Shop in Muscatine, Iowa, is bright and busy; hanging quilts help divide the large open space into areas featuring baby quilt fabrics, fabrics by certain designers, flannels, brights, and reproduction fabric. The shop workers design some of their own quilts and also...more
It never ceases to amaze me how Jill and I always manage to find places and people with some kind of connection to our lives whenever we travel together.While in Muscatine, Iowa, at the Pearl Plaza, we went into a first floor shop called Annsarts, and we ran into the owner and artist, Ann Moody who just happens to be a good friend of Jill's friend...more
The Pearl Plaza takes up an entire block. What an excellent way to bring back the historic section of a town. This beautifully renovated group of buildings has the following shops within:1. Annsarts & Antiques (See Separate Tip) Handgrafted folk art, Pearl Button Jewelry, Quilts, Collectibles, Antiques 563-263-64112.The HallTree Clothing and...more
When Jill and I looked at the information from the Chamber of Commerce that I received in the mail, we were eager to see a shop called THE PURPLE HEDGEHOG. The name fascinated us.
It's located at 204 East Second Street
When we were walking down West 2nd Street, we were attracted to a darling Purple Hedgehog; thus, I took a photograph of it. A woman walked by and asked if we wanted her to take a photo of us in front of the store. We said "Sure since we seldom have the opportunity to have our picture taken together."
By then, we were "psyched up" to visit the shop.
What a disappointment. It was not unique; seemed dark and uninviting, and the merchandise was less than stellar.
Unique Suggestions: So, the lesson that we learned was not to "judge a book by it's cover".
The reason we ended up in Wildcat Den State Park was because we wanted to see the Pine Creek Grist Mill.However, the park itself is worth a visit. It encompasses over 400 acres along the Pine Creek drainage in Muscatine County. It has a variety of picnic areas, and two open shelters are available [need to be reserved for a fee through the park...more
Being retired English teachers, Jill and I are always interested in education, schools, and history. So, we were naturally attracted to the Muscatine County one room school house called Melpine School.It's located on Wild Cat Den Road off of highway 22 between Fairport and Montpelier, Iowa at the Wild Cat Den State Park.We were quite fortunate...more
After an "interesting" ride on back roads, we finally arrivedat Pine Creek Grist Mill. It was toward the end of the school year; thus, lots of classes of grade school children were on field trips here. We "tagged" along and listed to the tour guides.THE PINE CREEK GRIST MILL IS IOWA"S OLDEST, OPERATIONAL MILLThe mill was built on Pine Creek by...more
I'm always impressed with communities with the spirit and drive to keep and renovate rather than to tear down and build. Muscatine is doing an excellent job with both renovation and creation of new.They have accomplished a great deal with Project Pear of the Mississippi I and II. It was financed by a one million dollar state community-attractions...more
I know that many "seasoned travelers" do not take local United States travel seriously, especially when you travel in the Mid West such as Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, or Iowa. Well, I have news for those people: They just don't know the value of what the real American way of life can be. The history, the architecture, the friendly...more
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