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McGregor, Iowa - Great River Road

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The Masonic Block in historic downtown McGregor, Iowa

scenic byways toursThe McGregor and Marquette communities began as a ferry boat landing across the river from Prairie Du Chien. The landing, established by Alexander MacGregor in 1837, later grew into a village when he plotted out 6 block area in the current downtown McGregor. Officially incorporated in 1857, the town has retained a number of historic structures.

2012 Events

May 26 -28: Arts & Crafts Festival
June 30: Hole in the sock Gang Theatre(last Saturday thru Oct)

Links to Nearby Attractions

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Visitors will find a number of antique stores, artisan shops, quaint restaurants and inns, and architecture from the 19th century. Nearby attractions include Pikes Peak State Park camping and hiking, a riverboat casino, Effigy Mounds National Monument and Prairie Du Chien, WI just across the bridge on the other side of the river.

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McGergor, Iowa

< < < Much of McGregor is tucked beneath a bluff adjacent to the Mississippi River.

McGergor, Iowa Antique Shops
< < < The McGregor Mall, located in the 1884 E.R. Barron building, is an eclectic combination of antiques, flea market stuff, diner, and pool and games hall.

One of the neat pubs in town.> > >

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McGergor, Iowa Antique Shops

< < < While a small town of about 800 residents, McGregor has an active downtown district, most of which is aligned along main street.
McGergor, Iowa hotels

The Alexander Hotel offers a southwestern menu in its restaurant.

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McGergor, Iowa Antique Shops

< < < One of the many antique shops in "antique" buildings.

McGergor, Iowa B & B
< < < The building housing the Little Switserland Inn (one of several area B&Bs) traces its heritage back to 1862 as the home of McGregor's newspaper.

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McGergor, Iowa Re-enactment

We noticed this cowboy strolling down the street with his lady following at an appropriately demure distance. Then shortly after that we saw a gent with some six-shooters strapped to his waist wave howdy to some passers-by.
McGergor, Iowa Shootout
And still later in front of the "Bank of McGregor Landing" we saw a little flirtatious exchange between another cowboy and a "lady." Seemed like we stepped back in time 150 years?

McGergor, Iowa ShootoutWe subsequently discovered a "drama" was unfolding that by later that afternoon would culminate in a "shoot-out" in front of "Uncle Sam's Saloon" (background right). This re-enactment occurs on the last Saturday of the month from June through October. Great fun at Olde Tyme McGregor Landing. Unfortunately we had to head home for a wedding and missed the action!

For more "Old Tyme" fun consider attending the annual Prairie Villa Rendezvous across the river in Prairie Du Chien, WI.

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McGregor, IA & Prairie du Chien, WI Travel & Visitor Links

quiltbullet Villa Louis Historical Site
quiltbullet McGregor-Marquette Chamber of Commerce
quiltbullet Prairie du Chien Chamber of Commerce
quiltbullet Prairie Villa Rendezvous Festival
quiltbullet Effigy Mounds National Monument (Iowa)
quiltbullet Wyalusing State Park (Wisconsin)
quiltbullet Pikes Peak State Park (Iowa)

More Great River Road Scenic Byway Pages

- Scenic Drive from Fulton to Galena to Prairie Du Chien
- Scenic Drive from Prairie Du Chien to LaCrosse to Winona
- Scenic Drive from Winona to Red Wing

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