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- How did people keep cool before air-conditioning was invented?
In the 1890s, they used the River!
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Tag Archives: Iowa
A noon day parade. Flowers sent from the garden of movie star Ginger Rogers. Big executives in town. Search lights across the sky . An American Legion band furnishing a musical background. What was happening?? Why, everyone was getting ready … Continue reading
Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Turkey Note time! What on earth, you may ask, are Turkey Notes? Turkey Notes are a Davenport Thanksgiving tradition full of mystery and glamour and fairly bad poetry. They are said to date back to about … Continue reading
Approximately 76,237 Iowa men fought in the Union Army during the Civil War. Of these men, 13,589 did not survive the war, and many others were in no condition to support their families. Annie Wittenmyer, Iowa’s first female Sanitation Agent, … Continue reading
Late October. The air turning brisk, leaves falling to the ground, candy corn, and costumes. Maybe also a ghost tale or two as you sit around a fire in the gathering dusk. Davenport has a few ghost stories that … 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
Tomorrow is the anniversary of Rivermont Collegiate, that fine private school that, although it has spent the last few decades in Bettendorf, owes far more of its 124 years of history to Davenport. It all began with Griswold College, which … Continue reading
As we in the Quad-Cities finish cleaning up after this summer of high waters and strong winds, many of us will have cause to be grateful for the Palmer College of Chiropractic and their dedicated graduates who have kept our … Continue reading
Subtitled “Great places to spend the day—or a lifetime,” this photograph-rich book gives both historical and current accounts of twenty-five towns and cities across the state of Iowa. From small (Adel, Pella, Woodbine) to large (Clinton, Mason City, Sioux City), … Continue reading