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A Welcome Letter From our Mayor!

Welcome RAGBRAI riders to Lansing, IA! We have the privilege of being one of the most beautiful places in all of Iowa. We are referred to as the Driftless region and God’s country. Our historic town is nestled between towering bluffs and alongside the mighty Mississippi River. While you’re here we hope you have the opportunity to experience Mt. Hosmer. Named for Harriet Hosmer, a sculptor, who won a footrace to the summit of the hill during a steamboat layover in the 1850’s. From the top you can enjoy a wide view of the Mississippi River valley including a view of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. As you enter our historic downtown you will feel like you have gone back in time. Home to many unique and fun shops and restaurants, all happily anticipating your arrival. Another notable stop is our Driftless Area Education Center on the south side of Lansing which offers wonderful historic and natural exhibits, while also having a breathtaking view of our beautiful Blackhawk Bridge. We look forward to seeing you as you finish your journey here in Lansing!


Mayor Melissa Hammell