“American Pickers” star Mike Wolfe wants to spread the word on an incredible opportunity coming to LeClaire, Iowa, where the show’s antique store sits.
Wolfe shared a promotion video about the Bison Bridge Project on his Instagram page earlier. If the project goes through, Interstate 80 will soon be converted into the world’s longest man-made wildlife crossing. The “American Pickers” star soon invited his followers to “Show Your Support!” for the project.
“The @bisonbridgefoundation is another project from the incredible mind of @livinglandsandwaters founder and my friend, Chad Pregracke,” Wolfe wrote in his caption. “His plan to preserve an interstate bridge in LeClaire, Iowa will help reintroduce native American bison back to the Midwest. If successful, the bridge could become the world’s longest man-made wildlife crossing for pedestrians and bison.”
He also mentioned how “This project has the potential to bring the Quad Cities to the next level. Even acquire National Park status.”
A new National Park would be a pretty big deal. Not to mention the fact that it could bring in more tourism and revenue for the Quad Cities area. In the video that the “American Pickers” star posted earlier, that’s one of the first things the narrator touches on.
“You have an opportunity to create a brand new National Park on the Mississippi River,” the narrator says while introducing the Bison Bridge Project.
“Every day, 42,000 vehicles travel across the Interstate 80 bridge over the Mississippi River through the Quad cities. In the future, the current bridge is slated to be demolished and replaced by a new modern bridge,” he continued. “Instead of blowing it up, we want to save the I-80 bridge. We will repurpose the bridge for the region, the river, and the country. We will turn it into a multi-use site for tourists, locals, and bison.”
‘American Pickers’ Star Mike Wolfe Champions the Bison Bridge Project
The narrator in the video later mentions how the Bison Bridge Project would hire a bison expert. This person would then manage a small herd who would live near the bridge.
“And with approximately 100 acres of grazing land in Illinois and Iowa, the westbound lane of the Bison Bridge will serve as the longest man-made wildlife crossing in the world,” the narrator in the “American Pickers” star’s video continues.
“The Bison Bridge will celebrate the Mississippi River, the prairie, the native wildlife, and the history that makes this region special. The Bison Bridge will improve the quality of life in the Quad Cities area and become a treasured destination for people from all over the world. Let’s create a one-of-a-kind landmark to attract visitors for generations. Join the herd today.”
Check out the video for yourself above. Imagine biking or walking down this incredible landmark while bison graze casually nearby. It would certainly be a sight to see.