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Happy Sesquicentennial to the Rock Island Arsenal!

On July 12, 1861 Senator James W. Grimes of Illinois presented Bill S. 19 in the United States Senate.   It read as follows: A Bill       To establish a national armory on Rock Island, in the State of Illinois. Be it … Continue reading

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The Nation’s First Concentration Camp

In its almost one hundred and seventy-five years, Davenport has had many national firsts.  Some of these fill us with a sense of comfortable pride.  Others do not. Genealogists and local historians may know that the Quad-City area was originally … Continue reading

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Remembering the Effie Afton

Today is the anniversary of the first time a riverboat hit the railroad bridge between Davenport and Rock Island, Illinois. Why is this more significant than any other Mississippi River disaster, or any other time (and there were several) when a boat … Continue reading

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