Grand Excursion draws thousands in 2004
Thousands of tourists descend on Red Wing in any given summer.
In 2004, that number skyrocketed on July 2, the day the Grand Excursion Flotilla came to town.
Grand Excursion 2004 was a celebration and retracing of an 1854 excursion that commemorated America's first railroad connection to the Mississippi River. At that time, more than 1,200 people journeyed by rail and steamboat from the Quad Cities to the Twin Cities, stopping in several communities along the way.