Muscatine Pearl Slugs at Pearl Button Museum

by Kari
(Muscatine, Iowa, USA)

Mississippi River Pearl Slugs in Muscatine

Mississippi River Pearl Slugs in Muscatine

Anyone crazy about pearls will love seeing these Mississippi River pearl slugs. They are on display at our local museum which is just two blocks away from the grand old river itself.

These slugs were found in abundance during the pearl button days here in Muscatine.

Not long ago, I was told by an older gentleman that as a youngster he watched clammers throwing certain freshly gathered mussels into the back of the boat. He asked why. Because, they told him, they were the ones with pearls.

And sure enough, those clammers had learned to spot signs on the outer shells that indicated pearls on the inside. They were right almost every time.

I love hearing first-hand stories like that.

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Aug 26, 2018
by: Chris Rogers

I am so OBSESSED with the idea of Mississippi pearls!! I don't know why I find this so fascinating, it makes perfect logical sense but the thought of finding treasures like these on the Mighty Mississippi just tickles me!

Mar 14, 2008
Pearl of the Mississippi
by: Kari

Muscatine has adopted the slogan, "Pearl of the Mississippi"....very fitting for a town that once was nicknamed, "Pearl Button Capitol of the World". There are still three button factories here, but they only make plastic buttons today. The city is rich in history...a great tourist destination.

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