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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 Public Library
It’s a given in the Quad-Cities that if an organization or business is around long enough, it will produce a cookbook. Just look at the 641.5 shelves in our Special Collections Center and you’ll see decades worth of church cookbooks, … Continue reading
On June 21, 1923, the Davenport Public Library formally opened the new addition to its Main Street location. The eighteen-year old building—the largest Carnegie library west of the Mississippi at the time of its construction—was already in sore need of … Continue reading
We at the Special Collections Center spend a lot of time searching the past. For the first post of 2010, we thought we’d take the time (no pun intended) to reflect on our own accomplishments over the past decade. We’re … Continue reading
Not usually the sounds of silence you might expect in the library, especially in the Richardson-Sloane Special Collections Center, right? Well, all that noise is preparation for welcoming back our dancing, leaping and running cherubs, or “putti”, to the Davenport … Continue reading
If you are planning to visit the libraries of Davenport later this week, please note that all locations—including the Main Street location, which houses our Center—will be opening late this Friday (July 31). Doors will open at 1 pm, instead … Continue reading
We are pround to announce that our searchable Local Index Databases have increased by two! The anticipated index for the Civil War Enlistment Papers is now up and running. As you may recall, these papers are for the men who volunteered for the … Continue reading
Never seem to have enough time to explore your family tree? Do you wish the Davenport Public Library were open a little later on the weekends so you could get all of your research done? Your wish has been granted! … Continue reading
If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that we use it to share snippets of local history. We hope you’ll forgive us if we take the opportunity this week to share some brief history of a … Continue reading