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Tag Archives: Train
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
Posted in Local History Tagged Antoine LeClaire, Blackhawk Treaty, Bridge, Locomotive, Mississippi River, Train, Treaty House Leave a comment
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
Posted in Local History Tagged Abraham Lincoln, Accidents, Bridge, Effie Afton, Fire, Mississippi River, riverboats, Train 4 Comments