Le Claire, Iowa

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Le Claire is a city in Scott County, Iowa, United States. The population was 2,847 at the 2000 census. The city is located near the Quad Cities of Illinois and Iowa, and is located along the Mississippi River.



The city takes its name from Antoine LeClaire, a mestizo trader who originally owned the land.[1] Although the city's official name is
"Le Claire,"[2] it is often spelled "LeClaire,"[1] and it has also been recorded as "LeClare."[3]


Le Claire is located at 41°35′46″N 90°21′23″W / 41.59611°N 90.35639°W / 41.59611; -90.35639 (41.596233, -90.356252)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.4 km²), of which, 4.2 square miles (10.9 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (4.56%) is water.


Buffalo Bill Cody was born just outside of Le Claire. There is also a Buffalo Bill Museum located in town.


LeClaire is part of the Pleasant Valley School District (District Web site) , and is host to three of the district's schools. In-town elementary students attend Bridgeview Elementary, while students living in outlying areas are assigned to Cody Elementary. Junior high students are bussed to Pleasant Valley Junior High School (formerly known as Blackhawk Junior High from 1970–2001), also on the city's outskirts. The district's two other elementary schools (Pleasant View and Riverdale Heights), the high school, and the district's administrative offices are located in eastern Bettendorf.

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