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Buffalo Bill Museum, Le Claire

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The museum houses Buffalo Bill memorabilia, the wood-hulled steamboat "Lone Star" (the last working one of its kind on the Mississippi River; listed on the National Historic Register), riverboat pilot exhibits, Sauk and Fox tribe artifacts, and displays of pioneer life from the region. It also featues exhibits on two "famous sons" - - James Eads, the world famous engineer of the Eads Bridge in St.Louis, MO; and James Ryan, the inventor of the Flight Data Recorder or the "black box."
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  • Small museum with information on river, local area and the man himself (his birthplace), Comes under the quaint and interesting banner - and a good choice if anywhere in the area  more »
  • We went on a whim and really enjoyed seeing all of the local history and interesting things to look at. The steamboat was the highlight for us.  more »
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  • Self-guided tour of Buffalo Bill history, the Lone Star steamboat and steamboat river history, and the town of LeClaire. Contains tons of old time trinkets, copious signage to read, and the Lone Star that you can walk freely through. Walking through the boat was the best part. $5 admission for adult, $4 for senior. Annual and family passes available. Would recommend if passing through or visiting for a day trip.
  • I really enjoyed this. The town is so quaint! In the museum there are detailed notes about the artifacts which was great. Some of the donations were given by residents of the area who can trace their ancestors to the 1800s. My sister noted that she was surprised that Buffalo Bill wasn't from Buffalo lol...but, I digress. For the price you are getting a great opportunity to see an original school house an old time full sized boat and a stuffed buffalo. It's a great quick stop for you and the kids to learn some history.

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