Sunday, August 30, 2009

All Aboard the Pearl Button in Muscatine, Iowa

Mississippi River excursion boating returned to Muscatine, Iowa (41.42N, 91.04W) with the operation of the Pearl Button sidewheeler. In July 2009, the new owners of the boat combined a water cruise experience with a land-based restaurant (Button Factory Woodfire Grille) and horse drawn carriage rides. The boat's name is derived from the pearl button industry that flourished in the river city nearly a century ago.

Most recently the cruiser ran excursion trips from Stillwater, Minnesota and was relocated downriver last October to her new home in Muscatine. Currently, Sunday excursions are offered from 1:15 pm - 3:15 pm. The passenger boat is powered by 2 - 85 hp diesels and an auxiliary on the stern. The carriage ride is powered by two horses who reportedly are brothers. Know that.