by Apple Jack
|Luana is located on U.S.
Highways 18 and 52 between Postville and Monona. Of
special interest to the traveler is the little park in
the center of town between the highway and railroad
tracks. There are two fireplaces and two tables here with
water available. Luana has two service stations, one with
major mechanical repairs, a cafe, a tavern, 2 churches,
Lutheran and Methodist and a hardware store. There are no
formal camping facilities in the area. Population in
old German town with an old German name, it contains many
of the oldest homes in the two-county area, as well as
many of the newest (with the best views). U.S. Highway 52
has been designated the Hiawatha-Pioneer route and Great
River Road through Guttenberg. Of particular interest to
Guttenberg visitors is the U.S. Lock and Dam no. 10 on
the Mississippi where you can watch the heavy barges as
they pass through on their way to the Twin Cities to the
North, and as far as New Orleans down river. The U.S.
Fisheries Aquarium and Hatchery presents a thorough
selection of American fresh water fish, live and on free
(and cool) display.
On the Mississippi two miles North of McGregor, in fact, known as North McGregor for many years, Marquette was, at one time, the busiest railroad yards for miles around but is now operating at reduced activity. New on the riverfront are the Pink Elephant Supper Club and New Frontier Motel shown above. The town has a grocery store, drive-in lunch, hardware store, 2 service stations, (one with major repair work), 2 hotels with restaurants, a motel, supper club, two taverns, a sundry store and a lumberyard. Down on the river Joe has room for thirty-two boats in wet slips, regular and marine fuel, light tackle, candy, snacks, soft drinks, bait, block and cube ice and a launching ramp. There is also a public ramp. You can buy American Indian curios from a genuine Indian lady in Marquette. Population 1960572.
Littleport is another little town on the Volga River halfway between Mederville and Garber-Elkport. This town was built on the area used by the Indians for pow-wow ceremonies and is reached by traveling the paved county road which intersects Highway 13 three miles South of Elkader. Littleport has two grocery stores, a hardware store, Plymouth-Chrysler-Valiant dealer, and 2 taverns. There is a softball diamond and Lutheran and Catholic churches. The area near the churches and school can be used for picnics. There is no formal camping area. As is the case with all the valley towns the scenery in the surrounding area is terrific.
||McGregor is nestled down
between the hills on the Mississippi in Northeast Clayton
County. Driving down main street, occasionally one can
see the river barges passing at the foot of the street
where main street abruptly becomes the river.
Against a rich history of river trade, McGregor offers
new interests in boating, water skiing, and fishing. New
shops and unique old shops intrigue those who visit here.
In McGregor proper there are four park areasdown on
the waterfront there are 9 picnic tables, near the center
of town behind the library there is a little park with 3
tables and swings, on the west end is a park with 11
tables and three fire grills, and between the riverfront
area and the center park is a small area which contains
the most complete tourist information booth for miles
McGregor is surrounded by park areas. Just west of
town is the Clayton County Conservation Commission area
with 7 tables, 3 fire grills, and toilet facilities. From
McGregor you climb to Pikes Peak State Park south of
town, and up to the Heights Summer Area north of town.
In McGregor there are 6 service stations, a body shop,
4 cafes, 1 drive-in, 4 taverns, beauty shops and barber
shops, a summer hotel, a regular hotel, 3 motels, cabins
for rent at the Heights, coin operated laundry, drug
store, 2 marine sales, selling boats and motors. Of
particular interest are the shell shop and other special
gift shops. There are also a hardware store, and a
lumberyard. ChurchesMethodist, Lutheran, Catholic
Just North of the new grain elevator and terminal,
pictured here, Arts Boat Lansing has wet slips,
bait, fuel, fishing boats for rent, a dock for cruisers,
and soft drinks.
McGregor has a public boat ramp. ln addition, Elk Boat
Line operates a facility that can take up to 40 on boat
rides. They maintain covered wet slips for 35 boats and
sell marine and reg. fuel, can dock cruisers, sell soft
drinks, block ice and rent fishing boats, motors and sell
bait. Elk docks the Boat which carries folks out to
Indian Isle, a most interesting supper club located in
the center of the Mississippi River. Art Schade maintains
wet slips for about a half dozen houseboats, downstream a
short distance. Up north, Meyers Boatels rent 15
houseboats, has room for 20 more private houseboats, and
12 smaller craft. In addition to the usual facilities he
has shower and washer-dryer units.
Moodys Musical Museum is of interest to young and old on the west end of town.
|Monona is located on U.S. 18
and 52 along the old post road from Ft. Crawford in
Wisconsin to Fort Atkinson to the West.
Monona has two grocery stores, five service stations, 2 new car dealers (Ford and Chevrolet) two hardware stores, a drug store, coin operated laundry with dry cleaning, beauty and barber shops, 3 restaurants, a drive-in on the highway, three taverns, motel, lumber yard, a municipal swimming pool on the Southwest side, and four churchesLutheran, Methodist, EUB, and Catholic. A fifth, Church of the Nazarene, is under construction. Population in 19601346.
is another case of perhaps more "place" than
"town". lt is located along the Volga River a
few miles off Highway 13.
There is gas available and a tavern in town. There is no park to my knowledge and no formal camping ground.
You cross a photogenic little bridge near the ruins of an old mill on the Volga River at this point.
The scenery is terrific around this town especially up from the river valley to the South. The photo (left, bottom) of a typical summer scene was taken near Mederville in Clayton County.
St. Olaf. Many of the folks in this little town are as Norwegian as smorgasbord which you probably guessed from the name of the town. At Norway Church West of town an annual smorgasbord is an annual event. St. Olaf is a good place to visit for groceries and supplies if you are camping at the Big Spring Fish Hatchery. The town has a grocery store, service station, tavern and hardware store. There is a Lutheran chapel in town and the church mentioned to the West. At the softball diamond on the East side there are two picnic tables and toilets. During the summer camping is allowed on the school ground, (South end of town) and there is playground equipment there. Population in 1960169.
|From this "place",
once the center of an early experimental communistic or
communal social attempt in the nineteenth century, you
can go to Motor Mill.
Communia general store follows the pattern of those in the area. Generally they are open because the folks that run them live there. Mostly they sell gasoline, groceries, soft drinks, beer, and sundries. Communia is located on the county pavement that takes you to Littleport, Elkport and Garber off state 13 South of Elkader.
Near the store at Communia is a picnic table sponsored by the Do-R-Best Club. lts a nice spot and the club is to be commended for their effort.
~source: undated booklet, ca1960's, written by "Apple Jack"
~scanned & transcribed by Errin Wilker.
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