by Jessica Waytenick • March 9, 2017

APRIL 2017 Quad Cities – Anything west of the Mississippi River used to seem as far away as the moon to the early settlers.  The Quad Cities area was part of the American Frontier when settlers began expanding west in the early 18th century.  You can explore that early history and enjoy a special performance from Ballet Quad Cities.

Grab your partner and get ready for a boot stomping, heel clicking, toe tapping good time!  Hang on to your hats as we head to the rodeo with the wild outlaws of The Wild, Wild West in Aaron Copland’s Rodeo and Billy the KidBallet Quad Cities and Orchestra Iowa stir up trouble in these two brand new productions on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the Adler Theatre, 136 E. 3rd Street in Davenport, Iowa.

There are two shows that day—1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at  Come to the afterglow party after the 7:30 p.m. performance in the lobby of the Hotel Blackhawk, located next door, to meet the dancers and musicians.

Synonymous with the Wild West, did you know Buffalo Bill Cody was born in LeClaire, Iowa?  His career as a frontiersman, U.S. Army Scout, and later as a showman touring throughout the U.S. and Europe with his “Wild West Congress” show, has made him a favorite figure among the many generations of visitors to the museum.  The Buffalo Bill Museum houses Buffalo Bill memorabilia, the wood-hulled steamboat "Lone Star" (the last working one of its kind on the Mississippi River), riverboat pilot exhibits, Sauk and Meskwaki artifacts, and displays of pioneer life from the region.  Located at 200 N. Cody Rd., the museum is open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12-5 p.m.  (From December to March, the museum closes at 4 p.m.)

While you’re in LeClaire, stop in for some cowboy steak at Sneaky’s Pete’s Woodfire Grille.  Don’t wear your favorite tie, otherwise it’s going to be displayed with the hundreds of other snipped ties from unsuspecting guests.  (Cowboys never wore ties!)  You’ll enjoy the salad bar served in an old claw-foot tub and look for the bullet holes in the ceiling that may have been leftover from an old cattle driver’s dispute.

Opening for the season on April 1, the boyhood home of Buffalo Bill Cody is open for tours daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The 1847 farmhouse, entered in the National Registry of Historic Places, was built by Isaac Cody, Buffalo Bill's father, of native limestone and contains walnut floors and trim.  The Cody Homestead is located at 28050 230th Ave., at Bluff Rd. Princeton, IA. 

Even as the railroad was changing the American landscape, the stage coach was still a popular mode of transportation.  Visit this former stage coach stop of the 1860s for a glimpse into pioneer town life.  The Walnut Grove Pioneer Village in Long Grove, Iowa, boasts 18 historic buildings where you can visit and tour a one-room schoolhouse, apothecary, general store, firehouse, and more.  It opens for the season on April 1 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

Immigrants from many countries settled the American Frontier.  A new exhibit at the German American Heritage Center looks at the social, economic, and cultural impact immigrant women have had on this country, and importantly, to the State of Iowa.  Visitors can compare and contrast the experience of women from different times and different cultures, such as Swedish, Russian, Irish, Jewish, and Mexican.  Visitors are encouraged to add the stories to the exhibit on a dynamic growing wall of pictures and stories.  The exhibit is open through May 21.  The German American Heritage Center is located 700 W. 2nd Street in Davenport, Iowa.

Discover these and many more marvels on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities.  Contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.  The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.

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