Muscatine is extremely proud of its history with Mark Twain, who wrote for our local paper, The Muscatine Journal (still in existence), and spent a summer here in 1855. So proud, in fact, that 160 years later, you can find a quote from him about us written all over the place, from signs to literature to anything in between.
The quote is from Twain’s book Life on the Mississippi and reads, “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.”
Twain’s appreciation for our sunsets has become a bit of a legacy for us. We revel in our sky — and why shouldn’t we? The Mississippi River runs east-to-west here which means that you can watch the sun set on it in a way that’s unique to this place and that creates a breathtaking tableau, although you don’t have to be watching sunsets by the river for them to be incredible.
Muscatine’s social media pages are flooded with pictures similar to the ones you’ll find below, because we love capturing our sunsets for posterity. Since each sunset is wondrously unique, the habit never gets old.
We hope you love them as much as we do and we invite you to come watch them with us.
(Click on the photos to enlarge.)