The Great River Road

Old Man River, Father of Waters, “body of a nation,” Big Muddy—by any name the mighty Mississippi cuts a mythic figure across the American landscape.

LeClaire, Iowa

On the northeastern edge of the Quad Cities, just off the I-80 freeway, lies the little town of LeClaire (pop. 3,765), famous once for its river pilots but now best remembered as William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s home. The Buffalo Bill Museum (199 N. Front St., 563/289-5580, daily, $5), on the waterfront, is dedicated to Cody’s life. LeClaire is also home to the Faithful Pilot (117 N. Cody Rd., 563/289-4156), on LeClaire’s main street (US-67). One of the best restaurants in the entire Quad Cities region, the Faithful Pilot has creative, high-quality cuisine, a good wine list, fine microbrews, and a small bar at the back with views over the river.

 

LeClaire

Faithful Pilot (117 N. Cody Rd.)

Buffalo Bill Museum (199 N. Front St.)