Although the Quad Cities region today includes a city named Milan, there was an earlier town of the same name. The first Milan was platted in 1837 into 30 blocks and adjoined the village of Hampton, which was platted a year later. This Milan included the area once known as Well’s Ferry; Block #1 was the spot where Lucius Wells built […]
Canadian Henry McNeal and Kentuckian Joel Thomspon arrived in the winter of 1827-1828. They settled on land next to the Mississippi River in an area that was technically off-limits at that time, which technically made them squatters. McNeal built a cabin where the Village of Hampton’s Soldier’s Memorial now stands. McNeal farmed and sold wood to steamboats, traveling as […]
In 1827, Lucius Wells built a cabin about a mile north of where Henry McNeal would settle in the following year. Wells began ferry service to Iowa in 1829; his horse-powered boat had room for two teams of horses and two wagons. Lucius also built a sawmill a couple of years later. The area around his home […]
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