Named after Antoine LeClaire, a French-lndian trader who owned much of the land in Moline.
The lobby was originally decorated with painted roses and gold leaf by Italian decorator Fredrico Aquadro.
When the hotel was built, a 112' by 8' "LeClaire Hotel" sign was attached to the top floor. The building's developers claimed that this was the largest electric sign in the world. Each letter used approximately 300 light bulbs.
The top floor has extra-large windows, and formerly contained the hotel's Top Hat and Sky Hi Rooms.
Noteworthy visitors to the 330-room hotel included John Wayne, Duke Ellington, Jack Benny, Roy Rogers, Alice Faye, and Howard Keel.
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