Details on I-80 Bridge Repair 2010

The Le Claire Iowa chamber of commerce website has a link to a powerpoint developed by Illinois DOT with more details on the work.  It is informative:

http://www.leclairechamber.com/design/i80_bridge_update.html

Full moon over Mississippi River

Full moon, clear, cool night.  I took this from our back deck this evening:

The Twilight, LeClaire to Dubuque

This boat makes a day trip to Dubuque, stays overnight and comes back to Leclaire.  Here is a view from the Mississippi River.

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Interesting houses on Canal Shore Le Claire

Here is an interesting one.  Through the grapevine I have heard it has been owned by one family for a long time, and the most current owners have rehabbed it.  Based on the outside, they did a really nice job.  I have also heard it was part of the Underground Railroad.

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Snow Again!!!

It could have been worse, only a couple of inches and melting fast.

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Day Tripping Quad Cities to Leclaire

Here is another link from Big River Magazine, about day tripping from Moline, Davenport up to Le Claire Iowa.

http://www.big-river.com/highlights.html

Le Claire downtown at night

The lights  are up in downtown:

Downtown Iowa

Downtown Iowa

Le Claire Rivermen

Le Claire was formerly the head of the Rock Island Rapids, which challenged all of the best riverboat pilots.  The Rock Island Rapids was a treacherous stretch of river navigating, right through what is now the Quad Cities.  When the Corps put in the latest series of locks and dams in the 1930’s, the river channel was maintained at 9 feet and the river level was raised above the rapids.  But the River Boat pilots were men of lore, and here is part of their story:

http://www.celticcousins.net/scott/leclairerivermen3.htm

Faithful Pilot

Our favorite restaurant is the Faithful Pilot in downtown Le Claire.

Faithful Pilot

Faithful Pilot

 

Here is their website:

http://www.faithfulpilotcafe.com/

Plus they have a wine shop, with wine tastings and wine deliveries:

http://www.rosettiwineshop.com/

The wine tastings are fun, the deliveries faithful on Fridays.

Snow People in Le Claire, Iowa

Snow lady with pizza

Snow lady with pizza

Le Claire Iowa is a cute little town on the river with lots of shops.  For holiday shopping, they will light up the village.  The merchants are already putting snow people out on the street.  This is one of the early folks, she is sitting out in front of the pizza shop, holding a take out box for supper.