Wife and I, both fans of the tv show, American Pickers, made a trip today to LeClaire, Iowa, a small town just a few miles north of the Quad Cities along the Mississippi River. Hoped to see Mike, Frank or Danielle, but that was a big no-go. Their store was a lot smaller than we'd imagined and really didn't have a whole lot of junk, I mean treasures, for sale. But now we can say we've been there.
We were a little disappointed not to see Frank and Mike, but really didn't expect to anyway. Danielle has another antique shop across the street from Antique Archaeology. Funny thing, all employees of both stores were girls, at least yesterday when we were there, and they all were loaded with tattoos. I was going to take a picture of them, but, well, my wife was with me... Anyway, the Mississippi has some great little river towns all the way down south. Hannibal, MO, that jerrycoin mentioned, is a real neat place that really captures the spirit of Mark Twain and middle America. Tomorrow, we'll visit a Confederate Cemetery at Rock Island, IL.
I recall taking a school-sponsored trip to Hannibal in 8th grade. Back then, there was no such thing as a trip to DC, at least not in my school. We did however, take the requisite trip to our state capitol, Jefferson City, as well as a trip to Hannibal to visit the town made famous by the likes of Mark Twain and Huck Finn. As I recall, we viewed the white picket fence made famous in the story of Huck Finn.
It is a great place to find a bit of Americana in the midwest.
Nu, Shoeman, Razorback, and all patriots,
Yes, it was a great day to see more Mississippi River locations. Will have some posts soon. Hope Chris and Arkwright continue to enjoy all of our posts on The MidWest river towns. They are an important part of are history.
By the way, there were a lot of new Antique stores on the route to Hannibal.