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Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium prepares new exhibit

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – The museum dedicated to the history and wildlife of the Mississippi River is welcoming a piece of Iowa history.

Massive machines dating back to the late 1800s are being brought into the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque. All the antique machinery came from Iowa Marine Engine and Launch works in Bellevue.

Erin Dragotto, Vice President of Development, said the machines had sat unused for years, but were once used to make motors for racing boats on the Mississippi.

“When you walked into Bellevue, it was like walking into a time capsule. The machines didn’t make anything for a very long time. It just kind of sat there waiting for us to retrieve it,” she said.

Dragotto said the pieces were donated to the museum by the Brandt family about five years ago.
Once everything is moved to the museum, it will be put together and brought to life as a fully working display.

It is expected to be completed some time in 2020.

Collin Dorsey

Weekend Anchor

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