Former Muscatine resident Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) once recalled, “And I remember Muscatine—still more pleasantly—for its summer sunsets. I have never seen any, on either side of the ocean, that equaled them.” His fond recollection provides some insight into why Muscatine is a great place to live, work, play and visit.
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The first European-American settler in Muscatine was George Davenport, after whom Davenport is named. He built a trading post on the site in 1833, and the lumber industry followed.
The town was incorporated as Bloomington in 1839. However, because many other towns were named Bloomington, there was considerable confusion in mail routing and delivery. As a result, the town changed its name to Muscatine, a name no other city in the United States has.
In 1884, a German immigrant started a button factory, cutting buttons from the shells of freshwater clams. The town soon earned the nickname the Pearl of the Mississippi because of its success in manufacturing pearl buttons.
The Muscatine Area is an economically strong business center, where several Fortune 500 businesses have chosen to locate. This includes HNI/HON/Allsteel, Heinz, Inc., and Monsanto.
However, the economy is not the only strong part about the Muscatine Area. Families can spend their weekend at one of the many local parks, check out the growing arts scene, or eat at a local “Blue Zone Certified” restaurant. The Blue Zones Project offers research and information targeted at helping people living longer, better lives by changing their environment and lifestyles.
Housing is affordable in the Muscatine Area, and job stability is good. Combine these with the community’s initiative for healthy living, and the future looks strong.
Mark Twain Overlook: See the sunsets Mark Twain raved about from the Mark Twain Overlook in Muscatine, Iowa. The overlook not only provides a great vantage point for watching the sun set, and rise, but also offers a view of Muscatine’s downtown and southern corridor.
Weed Park: Weed Park covers a total of 72 acres, including a 3-acre lagoon. Both Weed Mansion and Weed Park are part of the legacy of the early settler, Dr. Benjamin Weed. There are few facilities Weed Park doesn’t offer, so if you’re looking for somewhere to spend your time outside, this is the place to do it.
Muscatine History and Industry Center: The Muscatine History and Industry Center features the history of the pearl button industry in Muscatine which produced 37 percent of the world’s pearl button supply. It also illustrates the thriving manufacturing and entrepreneurial center the town has become today.
Muscatine Art Center: The Muscatine Art Center, located in a 1908 Edwardian mansion, is a permanent, municipal, non-profit institution. The Art Center collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits objects of historical and aesthetic importance for the benefit of present and future generations. In addition, through the use of the permanent collection and special exhibitions, educational programs are provided for all ages to encourage and promote the advancement, understanding, enjoyment and diffusion of knowledge of the visual arts.
Kent-Stein Park: Kent-Stein Park contains a total of 66 acres and adjoins a 11-acre slough. Facilities include concession stands, baseball diamonds, softball diamonds, horseshoe courts, picnic areas, fishing in the slough and more. The facilities host a multitude of events including those sponsored by national, state and local associations involving participants of all ages.
Muscatine Aquatic Center: Opened in 2004, this outdoor facility features five slides, a zero depth entry area and an interactive play structure with a kid slide. Family restrooms, self-service lockers, a multi-purpose room and full concessions are also available.
Wildcat Den State Park: Wildcat Den State Park is one of the most unique in Iowa, combining natural beauty and solitude, preservation of historical structures, trails, camping and picnic areas for recreational use. One of those historical structures is the Pine Creek Grist Mill, which is a restored 1848 mill with intact mill machinery.