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.

St. Donatus

Fifteen undulating agricultural miles south of Dubuque, the tiny hamlet of St. Donatus (pop. 140) is widely advertised as a historic and picturesque Luxembourg village, mainly thanks to the handsome masonry of the Gehlen House (563/773-2480 or 800/280-1177), a 150-year-old home now used as a restaurant and B&B. Other eye-catching structures are the Catholic church and Pieta Chapel atop the adjacent Calvary Hill. If you wish to make a pilgrimage up the Way of the Cross, start behind the church burial ground, east of the Kalmes General Store. There’s a nice view from the top—the other set of spires across the valley belongs to the German Lutheran St. John’s Church.

 

St. Donatus

Gehlen House (101 Main St.)

Pieta Chapel