The Old Clock Tower: Icon of a City

NOTE: This article originally appeared in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Big River Magazine. Clock Tower Building When the Army announced plans to raze an aging limestone warehouse at the Rock Island Arsenal, around the time of World War I, locals who viewed the building with great affection convinced the Army to save it.

By | September 6th, 2016|About the Mississippi Valley|0 Comments

Recycling Hope

It feels like the world has been full of nothing but bad news lately, but, as often happens around the Mississippi, just wait a bit and something will come along to lift your spirits. That was the case this week, when a crew of six explorers/activists floated into Alton on some trash from New York.

By | July 16th, 2016|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Enduring Benefits of the CCC and WPA

In 1932, the US Gross National Product dropped a record 13% and nearly one-quarter of the adult population was unemployed; in three years 40% of American banks had failed. In the first few weeks after his inauguration in March 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt launched a series of ambitious public works programs to get people working

By | April 9th, 2016|About the Mississippi Valley|0 Comments

Pleasant Hill

Population (2010) 966 History Brothers Belus and Egbert Jones were among the first Europeans to move into this part of the county, arriving in 1821 when Many Native Americans still lived in the area. They built a log cabin about four miles southeast of where Pleasant Hill is today and opened the county’s first tavern.

By | February 13th, 2016|Illinois|0 Comments

Pike Station

Pike Station sprung up near the foot of the Champ Clark Bridge that connects Louisiana, Missouri with rural Illinois,  a small community that is even smaller today than it used to be. The first bridge crossed here in 1873; the Champ Clark Bridge opened in 1928. Before there was a bridge, there was a ferry crossing

By | February 12th, 2016|Illinois|0 Comments

Atlas

Atlas is the oldest community in Pike County, founded in 1823 by Colonel William Ross, the same year it was chosen as the county seat, which was also the same year its fortunes peaked. The Ross family arrived here from Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1820 and ended up building their homes about where the village of

By | February 11th, 2016|Illinois|0 Comments