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Old Cable Mansion

…………………2915 Fifth Avenue……………….. Philander Lathrop Cable died on May 21, 1886, less than a week after John Deere was laid to rest. The Argus stated that, “What Mr. Deere was to Moline, Mr. Cable was to Rock Island.” Both men were born elsewhere, but reached their business, financial, and personal heights in their adopted cities. … [ Continued



Bill’s Tourist Park

…………………4600 9th Street………………… In the early years of automobiles, travelers relished a newfound freedom. No longer confined to destinations limited by iron rails or a navigable river, they took off across a country laced with roads. As they journeyed, they would stop in towns along the way to spend the night. Although it didn’t take … [ Continued



Arsenal Confederate Prison Camp

……………….Rock Island Arsenal………………. It probably wasn’t a popular postcard, hence its rarity. It shows no stately buildings, flowered fountains, or other scenic treasures of our city. Rather it’s simply an artist’s rendition, a perspective drawing, of the western half of Arsenal Island. Dominating the picture is a tight rectangular matrix of buildings with clusters of … [ Continued



Trinity Episcopal Church

  1818 6th Avenue Our early 1900s postcard shows a view of Trinity Episcopal Church as seen from the southeast. It is partly sheltered by trees, with a curving streetcar track in the foreground. This is one of the oldest church buildings in Rock Island that can claim continuous occupancy by the same congregation. Their … [ Continued


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