Voted One Of America’s Coolest Small Towns in 2013
LeClaire, Iowa, a Midwestern historic town located where Interstate 80 crosses the Mississippi River. As the birthplace of Buffalo Bill and known as the town “where the river pilots lived” our city’s heritage is fascinating and varied.
LeClaire has always had a close relationship with the Mississippi River. In the 19th century, the town was home to the river pilots who navigated through the dangerous Upper Rapids. Nowadays, the pilots are commemorated by the Mississippi River Distilling Company, which crafts concoctions, such as River Baron Artisan Spirit and Cody Road Bourbon, named for the city’s most famous native son, William “Buffalo Bill” Cody. You can best explore the waterway with an overnight cruise on the elegant Riverboat Twilight. While onboard, make sure to keep an eye out for the river’s most celebrated residents, bald eagles and white pelicans. The Mighty Mississippi even plays a starring role in the town’s coolest annual celebration: Tugfest, a cross-river tug-of-war with Port Byron, IL. Famous as the Birthplace of Buffalo Bill Cody, LeClaire is a now a popular tourist stop.