Iowa Route 76 is a north-south highway in the rugged terrain of northeastern Iowa. The southern end is at US Route 18 in Marquette, along the Mississippi River just across the water from Wisconsin. From there, it heads northwesterly to Waukon, and northerly to the Minnesota border, becoming Minnesota Route 76. Iowa Route 76 is an extension of Minnesota Route 76...or maybe you'd prefer to think of it as the other way around. In any case, the two-state Highway 76 corridor connects Houston and Caledonia in Minnesota to Waukon and Marquette in Iowa.
My photo for Iowa Route 76 comes from the southern endpoint in Marquette, which is a sort of folded diamond interchange with US Route 18 utilizing some of Marquette's city blocks. Marquette, in case you're wondering, is the tiny town immediately across the river from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. A road exits Marquette to the east in the northeast corner of town, and immediately bends to the left to head north along the western bank of the Mississippi River; that bend to the left is what you see in this photo. The signage depicted faces east, as observing travelers are made to curve from eastbound to northbound. This photo was taken in September 2019 during my northern Iowa trip; my crossing of the Mississippi River on US Route 18 into Marquette marked that trip's first foray into the state of Iowa. Back to the Iowa main page. Back to the home page.