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Mississippi Ice Jam
This slow-moving crush of winter river ice was photographed from the Rock Island Arsenal in 1921.
According to newspaper accounts, these types of ice jams could take months to clear--just in time for the spring floods!
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Tag Archives: Davenport Fire Department
One thing we have learned in Special Collections is to always look for glimpses of history in unusual sources. We recently caught such a glimpse courtesy of a minor traffic accident that occurred at 15th And Gaines Streets on August … Continue reading
Whereas, the events of the past week have made it very manifest that a more expeditious method should be adopted of procuring water to extinguish fires than by hauling it in Casks on drays from the river; Therefore be it … Continue reading
Great excitement greeted the arrival of the month of March in 1866—and it wasn’t weather related! The citizens of Davenport were awaiting the arrival of their new fire engine with great anticipation. This wasn’t a simple hand pump type, but a … Continue reading
The ghosts and goblins were gone and local turkeys were still being fattened up in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner. But Davenporters, and most of the world, were about to pause in their holiday preparations on to remember those who fought … Continue reading
In 1899, Davenport was a growing city. This concerned those responsible for public safety, not only because the city was growing out, but because it was growing up. From a fire department’s point of view, higher buildings mean higher fires—and in … Continue reading