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The Mighty Miss is almost at flood stage and that long bridge will carry us from Savanna, Illinois, to Sabula, Iowa. Eighty years ago we'd be waiting for a ferry. www.FavoriteRidesAndDestinations.com | ridermagazine.com PAGE 79 FALL 2017 ISSUE 02 / VOL. 02 This took me to the sleepy river-town of Savanna, where I saw the first advertising for the museum, as well as for a small Harley museum located in a restaurant/ bar called the Iron Horse Social Club. Being still morning, the club was not open. Savanna must have been a rip-snorting sort of place when the paddlewheelers would pull in 150 years ago. Then the railroad arrived in 1875, making this a real transportation hub. And a ferryboat would take you over to Iowa. That ferry service pretty much came to an end in the 1930s when FDR was busy creating jobs and the government provided money to build a bridge over the Mighty Miss. It's still a good bridge, well kept up. On a normal day, the center span stands 65 feet above the water, but on my day of crossing I figured it was a good deal less than that because the river was running high. On the other side of the river is Sabula, Iowa, which is built on an island. The bridge leads on, a causeway leads off. The little island has three parallel streets and a population of only a few hundred, but apparently the land was high enough that nobody seemed worried about flooding. A train came along and crossed on the 100-year-old railroad bridge; the bridge has a section that swings, allowing riverboats to pass through.

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