We decided to take a trip to LeClaire, Iowa recently to do a little sightseeing and antiquing. Some of you may be familiar with the AMERICAN PICKERS TV show on the History Channel. The show follows two guys (Mike and Frank) from Iowa who "travel the back roads of America looking for rusty junk". Well, the home base and shop of the American Pickers TV show is in LeClaire, Iowa. My wife Char and I decided this might be an interesting overnight trip.
We traveled the 165 miles from our home base in Kankakee County, Illinois to LeClaire, Iowa in our vintage Corvette with top down. LeClaire is situated off of I-80, on the eastern edge of Iowa, right on the Mississippi river. The town is relatively small, but scenic and loaded with charm.
What I experienced:
After we parked the Vette in the huge free public parking lot located on the riverfront, we decided to get some lunch. As we walked up to the closest restaurant (The Blue Iguana), I spotted Mike Wolfe (one of the stars of American Pickers) dining on the balcony! Well, luck was with us......they seated us at the table right next to Mike! After I saw that Mike was finished with his lunch, I was able to talk with him awhile and his girlfriend, Jody took a pic of Mike and I together. Mike Wolfe, I found out, lives right in LeClaire and is very passionate about his small town and it's future. The popular TV show has put LeClaire on the map.
What you'll find:
There were several other antique shops in LeClaire. My favorite was The Big River Antique Mall (423 N. Cody Road). I spent more than an hour looking around this interesting shop. Prices are moderate. I purchased an ad for Veedol Motor Oil from the 1930s for $2.50...........I have an antique metal sign with the same oil name at home.
Later we took a stroll along the river bank. By the way, they have a genuine paddle wheeler river boat that runs during summer months. A good place for dinner is Sneaky Petes Bar & Grill. You can get an inexpensive meal here and dine in a rustic, cowboy-themed atmosphere. Careful though, the waitresses pack six shooters (cap guns). Fun for the kids and the burgers are great!
I enthusiastically recommend LeClaire Iowa as a travel destination for your next antiquing road trip!
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