Great River Road

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  • Silhouettes Along the Mississippi

    The limbs and branches of bare trees are silhouetted against a backdrop of a dusky Mississippi River.

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  • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site

    In the distance, the grass covered Monks Mound rises up from the flat surrounding area at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

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  • Henry Rowe Schoolcraft

    Henry Rowe Schoolcraft was instrumental in discovering the true source of the Mississippi River.

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  • Lewis Cass

    Lewis Cass served as an Army commander, governor of Michigan Territory, and U.S. Senator.

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  • Site of Ft. Antoine Sign on Lake Pepin

    Shadows fall over the historic marker at the Site of Ft. Antoine wayside on the Great River Road in Wisconsin.

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  • View from Site of St. Antoine Wayside

    The Site of St. Antoine wayside on Lake Pepin has parking, picnic tables, and a lovely view of the lake and the Minnesota lakeside bluffs.

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  • Depot Museum in Pepin

    The bright red facade of the Depot Museum in Pepin provides a cheery background to the front yard full of railroad related items.

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  • Farm Below Bluffs

    Bluffs appear to curl like waves over a small Wisconsin farm between Pepin and Nelson on the Great River Road in Wisconsin.

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  • Playing in the Upper Mississippi River

    Children play in the waters of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge between the borders of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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  • Causeway Across the Mississippi

    A road connects Wisconsin and Minnesota across the Mississippi River at the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

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  • Lake Pepin from Historic Marker Wayside

    A historic marker at a wayside on the Great River Road in Wisconsin stands out against Lake Pepin, blue in springtime beneath a cloud-streaked sky.

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  • Lake Pepin from Historic Marker Wayside

    Two trees and a stone wall are silhouetted against the spring blue sky and the waters of Lake Pepin on the Wisconsin-Minnesota border.

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  • Scenic Overlook on Lake Pepin

    An afternoon traveler looks across Lake Pepin to the bluffs of the Minnesota shoreline.

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  • Maiden Rock

    The rounded walls of Maiden Rock rise above trees awaiting spring's warmth under a bright afternoon sky on the Great River Road in Wisconsin.

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  • Bluffs Over Scenic Overlook on Lake Pepin

    Craggy bluffs overlook the Great River Road in Wisconsin.

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  • Parking at a Scenic Overlook on Lake Pepin

    Trees eager for spring warmth, and a well-made low stone wall rim the edge of a scenic overlook's parking lot on the Wisconsin side of Lake Pepin.

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  • Downtown Prescott

    Downtown Prescott is quiet on a Saturday afternoon in early spring.

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  • Church in Hager City

    A small white church in Hager City is just off the Great River Road.

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  • Learning about Logging at the Forest History Center

    Children and adults will learn about logging at the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

  • Gardens of the Holy Ghost Catholic Church

    A visitor stands amidst the elaborate mosaic walkways and walls of the Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

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  • Night Over Minneapolis

    Lights from the Minneapolis skyline reflect in Loring Park's pond as evening falls one April day.

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  • Beef Slough Sign at Wayside

    An interpretive sign at a wayside on the Great River Road in Wisconsin explains some history of the area.

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  • Downtown Alma

    Late afternoon sun casts shadows over the town of Alma on a quiet Saturday afternoon in April.

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  • Wisconsin Farm Near Czechville

    Silos, barns and outbuildings form part of this farm on the edge of a field and gently sloping hill in Wisconsin.

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  • Contemplating a Canal at Merrick State Park

    A visitor looks down at spring runoff filling a canal at Merrick State Park in Wisconsin.

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  • Reflections at Merrick State Park

    High water floods Merrick State Park in April and creates near perfect tree reflections.

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  • Downtown Fountain City

    Fountain City's downtown is quiet one Saturday evening in April.

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  • Church in Fountain City

    The setting sun's light lingers on the red and white face of a church in Fountain City, Wisconsin.

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  • Waterfront Clock in Trempealeau

    A clock lets visitors know the time on the riverfront walk in Trempealeau, Wisconsin.

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  • Nicholls Mound

    Nicholls Mound is a gentle rise in the distance as seen south of the Great River Road and just east of Trempealeau.

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  • View over Upper Mississippi National Wildlife and Fish Refuge

    Early spring trees have no leaves to block the view of the Mississippi River from a wayside near Onalaska, Wisconsin.

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  • Big Fish Greeting

    A big fish, perhaps a perch, offers a hearty welcome to Onalaska at this wayside on the Mississippi River.

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  • Welcome to Onalaska

    A visitor to the Great River Road in Wisconsin greets Onalaska's "ambassador" fish at a wayside on the Mississippi River.

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  • Approaching A Gazebo over the Mississippi River

    A visitor to a wayside overlooking the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife Refuge approaches a gazebo for a better view.

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  • Walls of Holy Ghost Catholic Church

    This close up of the walls at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church shows stones in a variety of colors, textures, and shapes.

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  • Prescott: The Wisconsin Great River Road Gateway City

    This is an aerial view of the historic city located at the confluence of the St.Croix National Scenic Riverway (left) and the Mississippi River (right). Prescott is the northern gateway to the Wisconsin Great River Road.

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  • The Mighty Mississippi River

    The road comes quite close to the Mississippi River, seen through trees.

  • Historic bridge near Nauvoo.

    Family of tourists stand before one of the historic stone bridges near Nauvoo.

  • Tour Guide at Mississippi Museum

    A tour guide at the Mississippi Museum and Aquarium along Great River Road tells the visitors information about the area.

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  • Bridge at Mississippi Museum

    Visitors take a tour of the outdoor exhibits at the Mississippi Museum and Aquarium, one of which is a Native American structure that looks like an upside-down basket.

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  • Waterfowl At Rest - Trempealeau National Widlife Refuge

    A wide range of waterfowl can be viewed at this 6000 acre refuge.

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  • Barns along Wisconsin's Great River Road

    When the Great River Road meanders inland, it offers vistas of fields and farmsteads. Barns in Wisconsin are noteworthy, their designs having evolved over time.

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  • Bow and Arrow State Historical Marker

    In the distance is the mystic arrangement of boulders in the shape of a bow and arrow - the legend is explained on this marker on Wisconsin's Great River Road.

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  • British Hollow As Viewed Today

    Parts of foundations remain of what was a lead mining settlement that grew into a bustling village during the Civil War era.

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  • Alma's Historic Mainstreet

    Picturesque Alma is nestled in a narrow corridor between the river and the bluffs. The entire business district is listed in the National Register.

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  • Dams on the Upper Mississippi

    A view from Buena Vista Park overlooking Lock and Dam 4 and the City of Alma.

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  • Sentinel Ridge

    View of some of the burial mounds along Sentinel Ridge in Wyalusing State Park.

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  • Architecture in Fountain City

    Gothic Revival and Queen Anne homes with second story balconies - offering views over rooftops of the Mississippi River.

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  • Beautiful Lake Pepin

    This beautiful lake is 22 miles long and varies in width from 1 to 2 miles. The Great River Road provides several waysides, overlooks and vistas, affording the traveler spectacular views.

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  • Maiden Rock Historical Marker

    The limestone outcrop of legendary Maiden Rock can be seen here towering above the Great River Road and the adjacent Historical Marker Wayside.

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  • "Little House In The Big Woods"

    A log cabin replica of Laura Ingalls Wilder's birthsite.

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  • Old Settler's Overlook

    A spectacular view of the vast river valley ... three states in the distance. The overlook is located near Genoa, WI.

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  • Backwater Splendor In the Upper Mississippi River Refuge

    This walkway leads to a handicap-accessible viewing facility in the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge.

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  • Swedish Evangelical Tabor Lutheran Church

    Originally built in 1881, this church burned down twice and each time was rebuilt copying the original design (typical of this area).Its steeple, high-pitched roof and pointed gothic windows clearly identify it as a Christian church.

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  • Villa Louis

    Villa Louis, an opulent 1870 estate, is now owned and operated by the State Historical Society.

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  • Helmsman Wheel Sign on Wisconsin Great River Road

    This is the distinctive route marker that is displayed along the entire 10 state routing of the Great River Road.

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  • Heron at the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge

    A Heron in the quiet backwaters of the Trempealeau National Wildlife Area.

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  • Waterfowl Flyway

    The Mississippi River is a major continental flyway.

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  • Looking for Chert

    Cochrane Chert, which can be found near Cochrane, WI, was used to make tools during the Paleo-Indian period.

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  • Aesthetics in Roadway Design

    When the Great River Road was reconstructed thru Pepin, its streetscape included planters, benches, special lighting and unique markers at the entrance to the village.

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  • The Old Brewery

    The Potosi Brewery, a landmark at the west end of the village, operated continuously from 1852 to 1972.

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  • Stockholm's Quaint  Mainstreet

    Buildings along the Great River Road in this small picturesque business district date from the 1860's and 1870's.

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  • Eye-Catching Architecture

    An eye-catching home, along the walking tour in Trempealeau, built in the 1860's.

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  • Swimming beach on the Mississippi

    There are over 50 local parks, beaches, recreation areas and water access sites with easy access from the Wisconsin Great River Road as indentified on the Inventory Map contained in Attachment 2.

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  • A River Walk in Prescott

    ISTEA funds helped make these attractive St Croix riverfront improvements adjacent to the downtown business area in Prescott.

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  • Boating The Mississippi

    Local marinas on the Mississippi are located throughout the Wisconsin Great River Road's corridor, providing services to all types of watercraft.

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  • Culture Revealed By Storefronts

    Well-maintained early architecture of homes and storefronts revealing local culture are evident throughout the corridor.

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  • Quaint Rivertowns

    The rivertown residents of Wisconsin's Great River Road corridor take pride in preserving their heritage.

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  • Prescott Welcome and Heritage Center

    Visitors are welcomed here at the Prescott Welcome and Heritage Center to view displays, pick up brochures, to learn of local history and to be provided a wealth of information about the Wisconsin as well as the 10 state Great River Road.

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  • Kit Home

    By the 1900s kit homes, like this one near Cochrane, were available from retailers like Sears and Roebuck.

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  • Barges on the Mississippi

    U.S. Congress' decree of the early 1930's to construct Lock and Dams on the Upper Mississippi was indeed a historical event - changing the river's character and its role as a world renowned transportation artery.

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  • State Historical Markers

    The 30 some Historical Markers inform their readers of - early Indian culture; Effigy Mounds; Dams; Scenic & Natural Areas; Acheological sites; French Traders & Explorers; River Towns; Dams; Wi.Settlers; Architecture; Industries;

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  • The Wisconsin Great River Road Between the River and the Bluffs.

    Vistas similar to this one are frequent and breathtaking in the many areas where the Wisconsin Great River Road snuggles between the river and the bluffs.

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  • Amber Colors Of Autumn

    The four seasons, such as this autumn scene, present their own splendor on Wisconsin's Great River Road

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  • Bull Durham Mural in Collinsville

    This unique tobacco shop shows a painting of the store's mascot and the slogan, "Best for Three Generations".

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  • Lift Bridge at Point Douglas

    The Prescott Lift Bridge can be seen in the distance from Pt. Douglas County Park.

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  • Cemetery on Little Dixie Highway

    An old tree frames this view of a cemetery in autumn repose.

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  • Beaver at the Mississippi Museum

    A local beaver walks on a wooden branch at the National Mississippi Museum located along Great River Road in Iowa.

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  • Signage on Little Dixie

    Signs on the roadside mark the road as a scenic byway, as well as part of the Great River Road - Missouri.

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  • Clarksville's Howard Street, Gateway to the Mississippi River

    Golden leaves lie scattered on the sidewalks and streets of Clarksville on a quiet day in late summer.

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  • Mississippi River Walkway in Missouri

    A wooden walkway, lined with lamps, takes on a purple hue as it leads to the Mighty Mississippi under a low sun.

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  • Natchez Reception Center

    This is a photograph of the Natchez Reception Center, located along the Mississippi River in Natchez.

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  • Standing Beside Pebbled Walls

    A man poses in the Holy Ghost Catholic Church surrounded by its pebble-stone walls.

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  • Fish in the Water at Mississippi Museum

    A gray colored fish (native to the area) swims in the aquarium at the National Mississippi River Museum in Iowa.

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  • That Bookstore in Blytheville

    Reputedly one of John Grisham's favorite bookstores, this mid-American icon is also beloved of bibliophiles across the country.

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  • Birds at an Arkansas Lake

    Birds skim the water at this lake on the Great River Road in Arkansas.

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  • Car Passing a Lake on the Great River Road in Arkansas

    A car passes the blue waters of a lake on the Great River Road on an autumn day.

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  • Architecture in Wilson, Arkansas

    Stop in this Byway town for a breather and to see some classic architecture, like this Tudor building.

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  • A Cypress Bog Near Helena

    Cypress trees grow out of water in this bog near Helena.

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  • A Cypress Bog Near Helena

    Cypress trees grow out of water in this bog near Helena, Arkansas.

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  • A Cypress Bog Near Helena

    Cypress trees grow out of water in this bog near Helena.

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  • Peek at the Cypress Bog

    The roadside lends just a peek of the cypress bog beyond.

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  • Arkansas Farmhouse at Sunrise

    A golden sunrise settles on a farmhouse beside the Great River Road in Arkansas.

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  • Farmhouse at Sunrise on the Great River Road

    A golden sunrise settles on a farmhouse beside the Great River Road in Arkansas.

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  • River Sunrise Near Blytheville

    A brilliant sunrise coats the Mississippi River in warm hues.

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  • River Sunrise Near Blytheville

    The rising sun colors the horizon a brilliant tangerine over the Mississippi River.

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  • River Sunrise Near Blytheville

    A barge drifts along the Mississippi River while a brilliant sunrise coats the river in warm hues.

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  • Barge at Sunrise Near Blytheville

    A river barge passes by beneath a brilliant sunrise on the Mississippi River.

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  • Barge Near Blytheville

    A river barge coasts on the Mississippi River in the rising sun near Blytheville.

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  • Entry Arch at the Arkansas-Missouri Border

    A car drives beneath the delicate arch gracing the border of Arkansas and Missouri.

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  • Entry Arch at the Arkansas-Missouri Border

    A delicate arch graces the border of Arkansas and Missouri.

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  • Flooded Tree beside the Great River Road

    Flooded trees may line the riverbanks beside the Great River Road.

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  • USFS Recreation Site Near Helena

    The blue waters are still inviting in the fall, even if it's just to look at.

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  • House on Horseshoe Lake

    This house built on stilts allows for living directly over the water.

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  • Car on a Forest Service Road

    A USFS road delves deep into a forest of fall trees.

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  • National Mississippi River Museum Display

    Visitors at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium along the Great River Road learn about the natural features and wildlife Mississippi has to offer.

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  • Statue at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church

    A visitor stands in front of the niche in the Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

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  • Boats inside the Mississippi Museum

    A visitor admires the boats inside the National Mississippi Museum and Aquarium.

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  • Alligator at Mississippi Museum

    An alligator comes from the water in the National Mississippi Museum and Aquarium located along Great River Road.

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  • Riverfront Walkway Approaching Hennepin Avenue Bridge

    Minneapolis' Riverfront Walkway meanders alongside the river toward the Hennepin Ave. Bridge.

  • Lake Rebecca

    Contrails streak the sky at sunset over Lake Rebecca Park in Hastings.

  • Boating on the Mississippi River

    Boats speed toward the Lock & Dam just upstream from Hastings.

  • Boating on the Mississippi River

    Boats wait for their turn to go through the Lock & Dam near Hastings.

  • Bridge over the Mississippi River

    People stroll on a walkway along the Mississippi River on a beautiful fall day in Hastings.

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  • Flowery Center of Holy Ghost Catholic Church

    Patricia McNally admires the flower-filled courtyard at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

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  • Rosemont

    The Antebellum home of Rosemont shows early American architecture.

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  • Chamber of Commerce

    This is a photograph of the Samuel Gibson House, home to the Port Gibson-Claiborne County Chamber of Commerce.

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  • Old Courthouse Museum in Vicksburg

    The Old Warren County Courthouse built in the Greek Revival style in the 19th century, is now the home of the Eva Davis Museum.

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  • Clarks Creek Natural Area

    This image shows one of the many interesting features of the Clarks Creek Natural Area.

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  • Visitor Wading Through the Water Lilies on the Great River Road

    A visitor wades out among waist high water lilies on the Great River Road in Illinois.

  • A Historic Street in Nauvoo

    When touring Nauvoo, visitors will find inviting streets with historic buildings and places. This picture displays Jonathan Browning's home and gun shop.

  • Stonework of the Latter Day Saint People

    Evidence of the craftmanship of the Latter Day Saint culture can be found throughout Nauvoo.

  • Visitors to Nauvoo Learn all about the Blacksmith's Profession

    Visitors sit inside Nauvoo's Blacksmith shop to listen to a volunteer give information about tools and procedures.

  • The Mississippi River Creates a Beautiful Panoramic View

    A view of the Mississippi River from the Great River Road.

  • Boats and Skiffs Line the Banks of the River at Redwing

    Docked boats on the banks of the river in Redwing, Minnesota.

  • Colors of the Great River Road in Autumn

    Orange maples line the banks of the Mississippi River near Minneapolis during the fall.

  • Fall Illuminates Great Bluffs State Park

    Fall creates a scenic illumination at Great Bluffs State Park on the Minnesota Great Rive Road.

  • The Guttenberg River Walk

    The River Walk in Guttenberg, IA, lies surrounded by the calm waters of the Mississippi, green grass, and trees.

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  • Riverboat on the Great River Road

    A riverboat provides an alternative way of viewing the amazing fall foliage.

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  • A Byway Information Center on the Great River Road.

    A byway informamtion center that might be in Alton, Illinios.

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  • American Flag Over Fort Snelling

    Historic Fort Snelling is located in Minneapolis on the Great River Road.

  • The Great River

    The byway passes along the side of the pale blue river.

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  • Limestone Bluffs at Dusk

    Limestone Bluffs are prominent along the Wisconsin Great River Road.

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  • Sunset over the Mississippi

    Sky is orange over the ruffled gray waters of the Mississippi River on the Great River Road.

  • The Magnificent Mississippi River and Towering Forested Bluffs

    This view from a high level in Pierce County catches it all - the magnificent Mississippi River, the towering forested bluffs with limestone outcropping, and a barge. A Wayside/Scenic Overlook adjacent to the Wisconsin Great River Road gracefully fits in.

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  • "Fitting Into" the Landscape on the Great River Road

    This slide illustrates the care with which the design of the Wisconsin Great River Road was "fit into" the environmentally sensitive landscape.

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  • Waterfall at David's Cove Near Historic Nauvoo

    Water cascades over rock ledges near David's Cove on the Great River Road in Illinois.

  • Restored Brigham Young Home in Historic Nauvoo

    Brigham Young's home in Nauvoo stands as a reminder of the industriousness of the early settlers.

  • Coulee Region Of  Western Wisconsin

    This is a scene of the coulee region of western Wisconsin. The geological background on the formation of this beautiful landscape is explained on the Marker.

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  • The Great River Road Winding through the Valleys

    The Wisconsin Great River Road meanders away from the river at times to provide variety in scenery such as the forested hills and valleys of Pierce County.

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  • Trempealeau Mountain

    Trempealeau Mountain, which means, " the mountain whose foot is bathed in water," can be seen from the Great River Road in Wisconsin.

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  • Riverboats on the Mississippi

    If you are lucky you may see a Riverboat, such as this one near Trempealeau, enhancing the already magnificent scenic splendor.

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  • A Forest Service Recreation Site near Helena, Arkansas

    Towering trees offer shelter at this recreation site near Helena.

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  • Sunset on the Mississippi River

    Sunset - a special time to experience the tranquilty of "Old Man River".

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  • Bow and Arrow Historic Marker

    This historic marker beside the Great River Road in Wisconsin discusses the discovery and possible meanings of the unique man-made rock "art" named "Bow and Arrow."

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  • Bow and Arrow on Hillside

    Whether you think it is a bow or a bird, this arrangement of rocks on a Wisconsin hillside beside the Great River Road is an archaeological curiosity.

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  • The Shimmering Waters of the Mississippi

    The Mississippi River passes under an arched bridge in Minneapolis, creating a polished reflection of the city.

  • The Headwaters of the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park in Minnesota

    Sunset creates a reddish hue in the Mississippi headwaters.

  • Winter Frosts the Trees along the Mississippi River

    Frosty trees line the the Great River Road in winter.

  • Dream-Like Scenery in Southeastern Minnesota

    Clouds surround a hillside at Great Bluffs State Park on the Minnesota Great River Road.

  • Water Lily on the Mississippi

    Visitors may catch glimpses of beautiful water lilies on the Great River Road, Illinois.

  • Visitors Enjoy the Shoreline on the Great River Road

    Visitors relax along the water's edge in Clinton County on the Iowa Great River Road.

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  • Scenic Roads of the Past

    This scenic road can be found leading out of Nauvoo off the Great River Road in Illinois.

  • Visitors and Residents Enjoying Walking Along the Mississippi Mile

    Visitors and residents alike enjoy a walk along the Mississippi Mile in Minneapolis.

  • Night Falls on St. Paul

    Visitors who drive the Great River Road at night may see a dazzling view of St. Paul, Minnesota at night.

  • Sunlight FIltering Through the Trees

    This tree covered area is located at Lake Itasca State Park on the Minnesota Great River Road.

  • Fishermen Gather on the Banks of the Great River Road

    Fishermen take advantage of a beautiful day on the banks of the Great River Road.

  • Classic Mississippi Riverboats from the Great River Road

    An old-fashioned riverboat floats on the Mississippi River in Minnesota.

  • St. Francis National Forest

    The St. Francis National Forest is the smallest national forest in the country and includes the only upland hardwood forest along Arkansas' Great River Road route. It also includes the only unpaved section of the route.

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  • Mississippi River View in Helena

    The Helena River Reach Park provides a close-up view of the Mighty Mississippi along The Great River Road.

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  • Delta Cultural Center Exhibit

    The blues music tradition of the Arkansas Delta is one of the many stories told at the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, a primary interpretive center along The Great River Road. Exhibits also tell a comprehensive story of the land and its people from prehistoric times to the present.

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  • Muscatine

    Muscatine is one of the towns on the Iowa Great River Road.

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  • Truck Beneath Diamond Bluff

    A truck approaches the town of Diamond Bluff, driving past the rock formation which gave the town its name.

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  • Presenting Designation Plaque to Arkansas' Great River Road

    Arkansas' Great River Road receives their designation plaque at the Designation 2002 event at Union Station in Washington DC.

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  • Entering Diamond Bluff

    A barge drives past Diamond Bluff on the Mississippi River.

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  • Wapanocca Nature Drive

    This gravel road leading off into the distance takes tourists on a short, scenic drive to see the different types of forests and wetlands on the Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Wapanocca Visitor Center

    This is one of the exhibits available at the Wapanocca Visitor Center at Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Prescott Riverboat Mural

    A mural on the side of Scab's Place On & Off Sale depicts a riverboat passing the Prescott Lift Bridge.

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  • Entrance to Holy Ghost Catholic Church

    A bizarre building built of concrete faced with millions of shells, glass, rocks and other small items, the Holy Ghost Catholic Church is in Dickeyville, Wisconsin attracts worshippers and curiosity-seekers.

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  • Stone Wall at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church

    Visitors admire a mosaic wall that is part of the Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

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  • "Old Man River" at Wyalusing State Park

    A panoramic view of the Mississippi River from a blufftop at Wyalusing State Park.

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  • Wisconsin Barn

    A typical barn in Wisconsin on the Great River Road stands out on the edge of a field in springtime.

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  • Open Views on the Little Dixie Highway

    Little Dixie offers open views from each side of the road.

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  • Little Dixie Highway of the Great River Road

    Little Dixie Highway turns a shade of purple in the twilight.

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  • Archaeological Excavation

    Archaeological resources are plentiful throughout Wisconsin's Great River Road corridor - with 33 archaeological sites currently listed in the National Register.

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  • The Muny

    White stone makes up the front of the Opera Municipal Theatre of St. Louis

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  • An Aerial View of Monks Mound

    This aerial view reveals the astonishingly large Monks Mound, located at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site.

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  • La Crosse Riverfest

    Fireworks give off a red tint in the sky and over the Mississippi River during the riverfest at La Crosse, Wisconsin.

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  • Performer at River Roots Live

    A performer jams on his guitar during River Roots Live in Davenport, Iowa.

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  • Jack's Mannequin Performing in Little Rock

    The music group, Jack's Mannequin, plays under blue lights at Riverfest in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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  • Antoine "Fats" Domino

    This bronze statue in Music Legends Park is of Antoine Fats Domino, a pianist and song writer for R&B and Rock n' Roll.

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  • Hikers at Frontenac State Park

    A group of hikers ends their hike at the parking lot at the end one of the summer trails mowed in the tall grass in the hills of Frontenac State Park.

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  • Summer Trail at Frontenac State Park

    A cross-country trail in winter becomes a hiking trail in summer simply by mowing a path in the tall grass at Frontenac State Park.

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  • Mississippi River Framed by Oaks at Columbus-Belmont State Park

    Framed by two stout oaks at Kentucky’s Columbus-Belmont State Park, the Mississippi River rolls south below the commanding bluffs of Fort DeRussey, Confederate General Leonides Polk’s “Gibralter of the South”.

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  • Oak Alley Plantation

    People enjoy the brick pathway that meanders through the Oak Alley Plantation grounds.

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  • Oak Alley Plantation

    Visit Oak Alley Plantation home along the Great River Road in Vacherie, Louisiana for a taste of the antebellum South.

  • Foggy Oak Alley

    A foggy morning at the Oak Alley Plantation gives an eerie appearance to this restored antebellum plantation home. Live oaks—300 years old—bend over the walkway, making a pathway to the front of the home.

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  • Oak Alley Plantation

    A path of 300-year-old live oaks creates an archway to the front of Oak Alley Plantation—one of many restored antebellum homes on the Louisiana Great River Road.

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  • Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site

    The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site features the restored lockmasters structure—a two-story white building with arched windows and a walkway on the right of the building.

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  • Bird's Eye View of Oak Alley

    A bird’s eye view of Oak Alley shows the expansive amount of trees surrounding the plantation and the Mississippi River in the background.

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  • French Quarter Historic District

    Hundreds of people, interspersed with horse-drawn carriages and vehicles, gather in Jackson Square—the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans—to celebrate a festival. The St. Louis Cathedral looms in the distance against a sheath of cloudy sky.

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  • Civil War Reenactment

    As part of a Civil War reenactment at Port Hudson State Historic Site, soldiers fire cannons across the site as spectators look on in the distance.

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  • River Road African American Museum

    The River Road African American Museum is a one-story pewter blue home with ivory woodwork trimming the building. The museum is located in historic Donaldsonville, Louisiana.

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  • National Cemetery Interpretive Exhibits

    Two women look at interpretive exhibits at the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery against a backdrop of numerous headstones, many dating back to the Civil War.

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  • Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve

    The courtyard garden of the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve in the French Quarter of New Orleans features a brick pathway that is sprinkled with potted plants and trees in full bloom.

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  • Gift Shop at the West Feliciana Historical Society Museum

    The restored West Feliciana Historical Society Museum’s gift shop displays numerous country and state flags as well as paintings of national and local artists on the wall. Information about the history of the Great River Road and visitor guides are also available.

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  • Houmas House Plantation

    With trees hanging in the foreground, the two-story Houmas House Plantation sits majestically on a well-manicured lawn. Its columned Greek Revival exterior is topped by a belvedere that overlooks the oak-bordered yards.

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  • Louisiana State Capitol Complex

    The Louisiana State Capitol stands majestically against green grass, a bright blue sky, and a few white, fluffy clouds typical of late fall weather in southern Louisiana.

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  • Laura: A Creole Plantation

    The entry to the Laura Plantation features live oak trees, plantings typical of a past era, and brightly painted details on the plantation house.

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  • Old Louisiana State Capitol

    The Old Louisiana State Capitol, known as a Gothic architectural treasure, stands surrounded by green trees and grass as the Mississippi River flows in the distance. The four-story white building was built to look and function like a castle.

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  • Destrehan Plantation

    Destrehan Plantation features landscaped lawns, large broad-spreading Live Oak trees, and a beautifully restored antebellum home.

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  • Great River Road Sign at the Louisiana State Capitol

    The Louisiana State Capitol Complex with its 34-story Art Deco Statehouse stands stoic against a stark blue sky, while a sign with the Great River Road Pilot Wheel logo stands in the shadows before the building.

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  • Leaving Covington Town Square

    Driving west on Liberty Street means leaving Covington town square. When Liberty Street crosses U.S. Highway 51, it becomes TN Highway 59 West.

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  • TN Highway 88 Exit from U.S. Highway 51 North

    The ramp exit to the TN Highway 88 takes visitors to Halls, TN or the Mississippi River from U.S. Highway 51 North.

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  • Tennessee Highway 88 West Above U.S. Highway 51

    The TN Highway 88 West can be seen while driving over U.S. Highway 51.

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  • Sign for Dyersburg, Halls & Mississippi River

    This sign for Dyersburg, Halls, and the Mississippi River can be seen driving North on U.S. Highway 51.

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  • Ft. Pillow/Henning/TN Highway 87 signage on U.S. Highway 51 North

    A view of Ft. Pillow/Henning/TN Highway 87 signage can be seen while driving north on U.S. Highway 51.

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  • U.S. Highway 51 North & Alex Haley Museum Sign

    Approaching Henning, TN, on Highway 51 North, you see the exit for TN Highway 209 North and the first sign for the Alex Haley Museum.

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  • Chucalissa Great River Road Sign

    The “Treasures of the Great River Road” sign can be seen on the grounds of the Chucalissa Museum in Memphis, TN.

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  • U.S. Highway 51 North & TN Highway 78 North Signs

    The U.S. Highway 51 North & TN Highway 78 North signs can be seen from U.S. Highway 51 North in Dyersburg, TN.

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  • Great River Road Tennessee Highway 181 Sign

    The Great River Road Tennessee Highway 181 Sign can be seen from Tennessee Highway 88 West.

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  • Old State Capitol Sign

    The Old State Capitol sign sits next to an ornate iron fence. The Old State Capitol sits near the fence but is partially hidden by trees.

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  • Mississsippi Great River Road Bridge at Sunset

    The sun sets dramatically over the Mississippi River along Mississippi’s Great River Road.

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  • Red Buttermilk Sunset

    The sun sets, creating a piercing-red blanket of clouds along the Mississippi River on Mississippi’s Great River Road.

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  • Tunica Riverpark

    From the Tunica Riverpark’s architecturally stunning new overlook, you’ll enjoy a view of “America’s River” up close.

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  • Winterville Mounds

    A crowd gathers at Winterville Mounds, which is one of the largest Indian Mound groups in the Mississippi Valley.

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  • Old Courthouse Museum

    The Old Courthouse Museum, surrounded by dense, bright-green trees, houses thousands of artifacts detailing the region’s history.

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  • Windsor Ruins

    Tall pillars with ornate caps form the remains of the largest Antebellum mansion built in Mississippi.

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  • Longwood

    Longwood, the largest octagonal house in North America, stands grandly with captivating architecture in picturesque Natchez, Mississippi.

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  • Shrimp and Smoked Sausage Gumbo

    Gumbo is a traditional dish in both Cajun and Creole cuisine. Here it is made with shrimp, smoked sausage and traditional vegetables served over rice.

  • Fried Shrimp Po' Boy in Louisiana

    Po' boys are a traditional Louisiana food that take their name from unemployed customers in the Great Depression who could afford little else.

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  • Beignets and Café au Lait

    Shops in New Orleans often serve this chicory coffee with milk and traditional French-style doughnut with powdered sugar.

  • Nottoway Plantation House

    Fronted by tall white columns, Nottoway Plantation House sits beneath a canopy of thick clouds.

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  • Balcony of the Lorraine Motel

    A wreath on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel marks the spot where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot and killed on April 4th, 1968. The motel has been preserved and now stands as part of the National Civil Rights Museum.

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  • The Montgomery Bus Where Rosa Parks Sat

    Indoors at the National Civil Rights Museum stands a recreation of the bright yellow Montgomery city bus where Rosa Parks defied the city's segregated bus transport policy.

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  • Dr. King's Room at the Lorraine Motel

    A window looks into Room 306, the motel room where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was staying. Interpretive panels before the window describe the events of that day.

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  • Sit-In at a Lunch Counter for Civil Rights

    A life-sized display shows four African-American college students sitting at a Woolworth's lunch counter, in a peaceful protest against being denied service due to segregation policies.

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  • Kids Exploring a Red Sweet Pepper Stand

    Two kids examine the bright red sweet peppers on a table at a farmer's market in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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  • Pelicans at Great River National Wildlife Refuge

    A flock of pelicans wade in the calm waters of the Great River National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • River Museum at Dubuque

    Model boats float in the water before visitors in an outdoor pond.

  • Sky Bridge in Davenport

    A brightly lit sky bridge stands over River Drive in Davenport, IA.

  • Snake Alley in Burlington

    Hikers zig zag on their way up the winding trail of Snake Alley.

  • Mississippi in Dubuque

    A bridge spans across the Mississippi River during late sunset.

  • Muscatine Maid-Rite

    A delicious burger and fries sit on a wrapper from the famous Muscatine Maid-Rite Restaurant.

  • Pearl Button Boat

    Travelers stand happily on the Pearl Button Boat at dusk awaiting their ride on the river.

  • Effigy Mounds at HarpersFerry

    A trail overlooks the valley below and is covered by fall leaves.

  • Kayaking on the Mississippi River near Davenport

    Kayakers race across the water of the Mississippi River in their colorful life-jackets.

  • Lansing in the Fall

    The Mississippi River runs through the town of Lansing, IA flocked by colorful trees.

  • Hotel Lobby in Dubuque

    The comfortable lobby of a hotel in Dubuque, IA welcomes visitors to its spacious interior.

  • Fenelon Place Elevator

    Traveling up the tracks, the Fenelon Place Elevator taxis passengers up the hill.

  • Dubuque Riverwalk

    A couple walks arm in arm on the boardwalk along the Mississippi River.

  • Fall Trees with Boat

    A boat cruises past a hill covered with colorful autumn trees.

  • Figge Art Museum

    The city of Dubuque sits peacefully across the Mississippi River flanked by the lit up Figge Art Museum.

  • Fun City in Burlington

    Children play in the water of an indoor fun park.

  • Bluff Street, Dubuque

    Quaint businesses in historic houses line Bluff Street in Dubuque, Iowa.

  • Burlington Hotel Room

    The glamorous hotel room of a Burlington Hotel beckons to tourists and travelers alike.

  • Americas River Festival

    Crowds line the boardwalk at the Americans River Festival along the Mississippi River.

  • Bix Fest

    Crowds gather around a stage to listen to the music of the Bix Festival

  • Catfish Bend Massage

    Two friends receive a relaxing massage.

  • Keokuk

    Civil War re-enactors recreate a battle scene amidst cannon smoke in Keokuk, IA.

  • Mines Of Spain near Dubuque

    A tower stands as a remnant of the early 18th century fur trade.