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It is one of the oldest, longest, and most unique scenic byways in North America.

The Great River Road is about three thousand miles long, running from Minnesota to the Louisiana Gulf.

The Great River Road is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Some of the most spectacular views of the Mississippi River are along this road.

The Muscatine Art Center has a permanent collection of images celebrating this anniversary. Among the images are paintings of the bridge over Lansing, Iowa, the view from Wyoming Hill on Highway 22 near Muscatine, and so many more.

Virginia  Cooper says the Mississippi River and the Great River Road have been used to inspire artists, poets, and painters over the centuries.

The concept of the scenic byway came under the direction of President Roosevelt in 1936. Cooper says the Mississippi River is a national treasure. The scenery is marvelous and the view of the river is tremendous.