High above Bellevue, IA is the overlook at the conveniently named Bellevue State Park. From this perch above the Mississippi River, you can see a long ways north, across the entire town of Bellevue, up the valley almost to Dubuque, IA, some 25 miles upriver. The view of the town is quite nice, railfans may recognize the view from up here for its famous stretch of street running trackage along the DM&E. However, I think the town is just as interesting looking, with its small town charms. The big church steeple and the town water tower stand tall over the house roofs, and especially stand out on a cold and snowy evening, just after the sun had set in the western sky.