Swinging over the Locks: The Quad Cities’ Government Bridge

Even at 120 years old, the Government Bridge is an impressive feat of engineering.

By | June 12th, 2016|About the Mississippi Valley|0 Comments

Picture of the Day: Rock Island Grand Prix

Labor Day weekend is coming up, which means it time for those souped-up go-carts to race around the streets of downtown Rock Island. Fun, fun, fun. Rock Island Grand Prix

By | August 29th, 2012|Photo of the Day|0 Comments

Destination of the Day: Floatzilla!

Here's your chance to be part of a world record. Head to Rock Island (Illinois) this weekend (August 18) with your canoe or kayak to be part of the attempt to assemble a flotilla of at least 1,903 boats. Guided paddles along the Mississippi and backwaters will take place throughout the day, but the world

By | August 13th, 2012|Destination of the Day|0 Comments

Destination of the Day: Davenport & Rock Island

If you like St. Patrick's Day, you'll love the festivities in the Quad Ciites as the nation's only interstate St. Patrick's Day Grand Parade marches on this Saturday (March 17, 2012). The parade starts at 11:30am at 4th Avenue and 23rd Street in Rock Island, works its way through downtown, then crosses the Mississippi River

By | March 12th, 2012|Destination of the Day|0 Comments

Dinner and Thanks

Life on the road can be entertaining and immensely rewarding, but there are times I feel isolated and disconnected from home, friends, family, and the world around me. Thanks to these folks and the kindness of many others whose names I never learned, people I’m unlikely to cross paths with again, those times are easier to weather.

By | November 21st, 2011|Blogging the Great River Road|0 Comments

Rock Island

Population (2010) 39,018 NOTE: See the Quad Cities overview for regional information on tourism centers, festivals, and getting around. Early History In 1833, the Illinois legislature created Rock Island County with the county seat to be located at a city called Stephenson (read about the early county seat battle here). In 1841, the name was

By | April 17th, 2009|Illinois|0 Comments