Le Claire, Iowa

Coordinates: 41°35′46″N 90°21′23″W / 41.59611°N 90.35639°W / 41.59611; -90.35639
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LeClaire, Iowa
Location of LeClaire, Iowa
Location of LeClaire, Iowa
Coordinates: 41°35′46″N 90°21′23″W / 41.59611°N 90.35639°W / 41.59611; -90.35639
CountryUnited States
 • City4.85 sq mi (12.57 km2)
 • Land4.65 sq mi (12.05 km2)
 • Water0.20 sq mi (0.52 km2)
587 ft (179 m)
 • City4,710
 • Density1,012.25/sq mi (390.83/km2)
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code563
FIPS code19-44085
GNIS feature ID0466067
WebsiteTourism: www.visitleclaire.com Official: www.leclaireiowa.gov

Le Claire is a city in Iowa in the United States. The city takes its name from Antoine LeClaire, a trader who owned the land.[3] The town was officially founded in 1855, but it had been a settlement since the 1830s.[4] It is also the birthplace of William Frederick Cody, widely known as Buffalo Bill.

Culture[change | change source]

Tugfest[change | change source]

An annual three-day event in August in which a rope is pulled back and forth across the Mississippi River by two teams of 20. Tugfest is celebrated by both Port Byron, the city opposite Le Claire, and Le Claire itself. Events include a fireworks show, live bands, running race, food stands, and a carnival. Many of these events are shared by both Port Byron and Le Claire.

Buffalo Bill Museum[change | change source]

A museum built to recognize Buffalo Bill, who grew up in Le Claire.

American Pickers[change | change source]

Le Claire is known nationally for being the home of the antique store "Antique Archaeology" featured on the reality television show American Pickers, which is aired by the History Channel.

References[change | change source]

  1. "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  2. "Le Claire city, Iowa". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 7, 2023.
  3. "Clearing up the spelling of the town called 'LeClaire'", Quad-City Times, 2010-06-28. Accessed 2010-06-28.
  4. Klinkenberg, Dean (Oct 1, 2009). Travel Guide-Lansing Iowa to Leclaire: Along the Mississippi River in Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin: Lansing Iowa to Leclaire. Dean Klinkenberg. p. 174. Retrieved 2013-12-31.