Watertown Illinois

Henry McNeal, courtesy of Rock Island County Historical Society In 1839, Henry McNeal, one of the first settlers of Hampton (Illinois), moved to a spot further southwest along the Mississippi and began farming. McNeal, along with Alonzo Nourse and Alfred Sanders, platted the village of Watertown in the 1850s and began an advertising campaign to attract industry and residents. Watertown had

By | April 15th, 2009|Ghost Towns|0 Comments

Happy Hollow Illinois

In 1868, Samuel Heagy and Albert Stoddard formed the Hampton Coal Mining Company and began pulling coal from the bluffs around Hampton (Illinois). The coal, soft in texture, was deposited in discontinuous pockets, making it time-consuming and expensive to mine. The influx of miners led to the founding of the the village of Happy Hollow around 1870. It was

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East Moline, Illinois

Population (2010) 21,302 NOTE: See the Quad Cities overview for regional information on tourism centers, festivals, and getting around. Early History Before there was East Moline, there was Watertown and Happy Hollow, but by the time East Moline was platted in 1895, these early villages had vanished and the land was mostly undeveloped swamp. The

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Quad Cities Overview

Introduction View from Arsenal Island clock tower Welcome to the Quad Cities, where the Mississippi River flows from east to west—to get from Iowa to Illinois you have to go south! The Quad Cities consist of the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf and the Illinois cities of Rock Island, Moline, and East

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Big Shiny Combines

I’m really nothing but a big kid, which probably doesn’t surprise those of you who know me. Put me on a cart and wheel me through a big factory with lots of noise and shiny things, and I am giddy and overwhelmed - giddy in a manly kind of way, of course. John Deere did

By | April 17th, 2008|Blogging the Great River Road|3 Comments

Quad Cities

Pictures from the Quad Cities area (Davenport, Bettendorf, Rock Island, Moline, East Moline).

By | October 26th, 2007|Of Places|0 Comments