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Great River Road nation’s longest Scenic Byway

Volunteers Peter Dupont (left to right), Dan Gaul and his son, Tony Gaul, install a panel for a walk-in freezer at the new Breitbach's Country Dining in Balltown, Iowa. The restaurant sits just off the Great River Road. (AP Photo/Des Moines Register, Harry Baumert)

Volunteers Peter Dupont (left to right), Dan Gaul and his son, Tony Gaul, install a panel for a walk-in freezer at the new Breitbach's Country Dining in Balltown, Iowa. The restaurant sits just off the Great River Road. (AP Photo/Des Moines Register, Harry Baumert)

VACHERIE, La. (AP) — The Great River Road meanders alongside the Mississippi River through 10 states — including Wisconsin — from Minnesota to Louisiana. At 3,000 miles, it’s the longest National Scenic Byway.

The Advocate reports that more than 60 members of the Mississippi River Parkway Commission celebrated addition of the last segments — in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi and Louisiana — with visits Thursday to Louisiana plantations. The visit continued Friday.

Director Bill Seratte said the commission was formed in 1992, when the upper reaches of the Great River Road were named scenic byways. The Federal Highway Administration added the last segments to the program in October.

Doug Bourgeois of the Louisiana Office of Tourism said the group wanted to see the road’s lower reaches.

Information from: The Advocate, http://www.2theadvocate.com

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