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Places of interest in the Quad City area

Blackhawk State Park
Black Hawk State Historic Site pays homage to the Sauk and Mesquakie (Fox) Indian tribes that occupied the area as far back as 12,000 years ago. The Hauburg Indian Museum, located in the historic site, interprets the culture of the Sauk and Fox tribes through full-size replicas of Sauk winter and summer houses and numerous artifacts, including Black Hawk's tomahawk, two of his clay tobacco pipes and a bronze bust. The site features 208 acres of rolling wooded hills in one of the least- disturbed forests in the state. Nature lovers will encounter more than 175 species of birds and 30 species of wildflowers while walking along the four miles of marked hiking trails or picnicking in a designated picnic area along the scenic Rock River. While at the site, visitors can also explore the Singing Bird Nature Center, Bird Observation Area, the Dickson Pioneer Cemetery and an abandoned coal mine Black Hawk was a Sauk warrior who headed the pro-British faction and refused to recognize the 1804 cession of land that had been made by chiefs of the Sauk tribe to the United States Government. The warrior Black Hawk, in 1832, led 1,500 followers in what became known as the Black Hawk War.
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Chippiannock Cemetery
Chippiannock has long been considered a Quad Cities Landmark and is the resting place of over 25,000 persons, including some of the Quad Cities most memorable individuals. One can trace the history of the territory, and even the nation, in the inscriptions on the headstones of the adventurers and settlers, rivermen and preachers, statesmen and builders who have left their mark on the territory.
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Col. Davenport
Col. George Davenport was born in England in 1783. He came to the United States in 1804 and, in 1816, began working as a sutler providing supplies for the army at Fort Armstrong. Later, he became a fur trader and, in 1826, with his partner Russell Farnham, joined the American Fur Company. In 1833, Davenport built a home on what is today, the Rock Island Arsenal. There, he hosted meetings where towns were planned, new businesses organized, investors recruited, and a railroad born. The Davenport House became, what one historian has called, "the cradle of the Quad Cities". Davenport was murdered by robbers at his home on July 4, 1845. The house, on the north shore of Arsenal Island, has been restored by the Col. Davenport Historical Foundation and is open for tours.
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John Deere
John Deere was born in 1804 in Vermont, where he learned the blacksmith trade. He moved to Grand Detour, Illinois, in the 1830's and opened his own blacksmith shop. In 1837 he invented the self scouring plow - which was the first successful plow designed to break cleanly through the rich alluvial earth of the Midwest. In 1848, John Deere moved his operation 70 miles south to Moline, taking advantage of the water power and transportation offered by the Mississippi River. In 1868, Deere's business was incorporated under the name Deere & Company. John Deere died in 1886, but his heirs were to lead the company for most of the next century and make it into the world's largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment. When John Deere moved to Illinois from Vermont, he learned that the commonly used cast-iron plows of the day performed poorly in the sticky soil of the Midwest. Convinced that a plow with a highly polished surface would clean, or scour itself as it moved through the field, Deere fashioned just such an implement in 1837, using steel from a broken saw blade. In 1848 John Deere moved his operation to Moline, Illinois, to take advantage of the water power and transportation the river offered. From there, Deere & Co. is now one of the oldest companies in the U.S. and the world headquarters are still located in Moline. Factories are still located in the Quad Cities region and they make a only portion of the equipment Deere produces, including combines, tractors, planters, seeders, and hydraulic cylinders.
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John Patrick Looney
Pictures of historical places related to John Looney, one of Rock Island's most notorious gangsters. Be sure to read "Citadel of Sin, The John Looney Story" by Richard Hamer and Roger Ruthhart. This folder is in the very early stages of setting up. I hope to fill with more in the next few months.
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Palmer Chiropractic College
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