Muscatine Attractions - Things To Do in Pearl City
According to Wikipedia, "Muscatine is the county seat of Muscatine County and in 2020 had a population of 23,797. Founded as a trading post on the Mississippi River in 1833, the town was incorporated in 1839 as Bloomington. The name was later changed to Muscatine to reduce mail delivery confusion, a name that may be derived from the Mascouten Native American tribe that dwelt along the Mississippi in the 1700s or from the Meskwaki indigenous people living close by. The city is primarily located on a series of bluffs and hills at a major west-south bend in the Mississippi River. This river-bend gives Muscatine roughly 260 degrees of riverfront. The "highland" area of the town is divided into three ridge-like hills by Papoose Creek and Mad Creek, each of which flows into the Mississippi in downtown Muscatine. The city's main roads follow these ridges and valleys in a radial fashion.
In 1884, J. F. Boepple, a German immigrant, founded a pearl button company. He produced buttons that looked like pearls by machine-punching them from freshwater mussel shells harvested from the Mississippi River. Muscatine's slogan, "Pearl of the Mississippi," refers to the days when pearl button manufacturing by the McKee Button Company was a significant economic contributor. In 1915, Weber & Sons Button Co., Inc. was the world's largest producer of fancy freshwater pearl buttons. From that time forward, Muscatine was known as "The Pearl Button Capital of the World". Weber is still manufacturing today and celebrated its 100-year anniversary in 2004".
Here are some really invaluable links to help you plan some side attractions for you or your family:
Visit Muscatine - Official Website
Beer & Wine:
Contrary Brewing Company
A Stroll through Old Muscatine
Oscar Grossheim Photo Collection
Musuems & Art Galleries:
Parks & Gardens: