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River Pilot Houses

A House Built for a Pilot

It’s no secret that LeClaire, Iowa and the Mississippi River have a wonderful partnership.

A historic bond with the river and the bold men who tamed the Upper Rapids remains prevalent in the homes and buildings they left behind. On May 7, 2019, their homes were recognized as part of the 9-block Cody Road Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the homes are located along Cody Road and Second Street with a few between Wisconsin and Dodge Street.

Architecturally, the homes and buildings of the historic district were constructed in the mid-19th century, mostly between 1850 – 1870. A prominent style is the Italianate with examples of brick and frame construction. Also, a Greek Revival style is expressed in several modes ranging from relatively sophisticated to decidedly vernacular.

But, it’s one thing to read about it and another to experience the majesty firsthand. Grab your history-loving partner-in-crime for a weekend full of river-inspired history and other amazing experiences waiting for you!

Special thanks to the LeClaire Lioness in cooperation with Carol Farwell for preparing this information.

Crane & Pelican – Originally known as Dawley House (built in 1851)

Old Mill Guest House – Originally known as Mill House (built in 1851)

Grasshoppers Guest House I & Grasshoppers Gatherings – Originally known as McCaffrey House (built in 1870)