Trouble in River City
From the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, in northeast Iowa, you’ll gaze upon a sleepy river town called Bellevue. But in 1840 a newspaper described Bellevue as being “infested by horse thieves and petty robbers.”
In 1840 scores of outlaws and vigilantes shot it out in one of the bloodiest gunfights this side of the O.K. Corral. It’s all detailed in a book, “The Bellevue War” by local historian, Susan K. Lucke.
Side Roads host, Paul Berge learned that it’s safe to walk the streets now in Bellevue and points out a few more pleasant historic places to visit in town.