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The Little Engine that Did—another first for Davenport!

This week, we are celebrating the upcoming anniversary of the first locomotive in Iowa, which arrived in Davenport on July 19, 1855.  This was a pretty big deal—most people were counting on reliable overland transportation to be as much of … 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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A Flood of Images

In honor of this year’s flooding (which surprised us as much as anyone), we pulled a few of our images of Floods Past from our Historical Photograph Collections for your enjoyment:  The 1940s: This photos were taken during the same flood in the early … Continue reading

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Floods we have known

    The “Flood of the Century”–well, the one in 1965, anyway April showers may bring May flowers, but in Davenport, winter precipitation traditionally brings April flooding. As neither the Mississippi nor Duck Creek appears to be approaching major flood … Continue reading

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The Mississippi Ice Jam of 1868

March 13, 1868 tells the story of the massive ice gorge that occurred on the Mississippi as the rain and spring thaw caused the ice to go out. The ice gorged above the bridge and at the bend in the … Continue reading

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