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Long View Park Rustic Bridge

The rustic scene depicted in this post card from circa 1917 shows Long View Park as it looked in the early 1900s.  A nationally known landscape artist from Chicago, O.C. Simonds, is responsible for the original design of the park.  Known for his naturalistic design emphasizing the natural beauty of the land and native plantings, … [ Continued



Long View Park Upper Lagoon Area

After being planned and under construction for years, by July 10, 1908, Longview Park, then called Long View, was complete enough for its formal dedication.  A crowd estimated at 15,000 attended the ceremony, with many speeches and presentations.  The event was centered in the area shown on these two postcards. These forty acres in the … [ Continued



Long View Park Helen Horst Memorial Pool

Long View Park Rock Island’s location at the junction of two major rivers is enviable.  But rivers are a mixed blessing, especially where children are concerned.  Playing or swimming in the river currents can be treacherous, as it was for 6-year old Helen Margaret Horst.  On the morning of August 24, 1912, no one noticed … [ Continued



Black Hawk Park Lounge

For as long as anyone remembers – and even before – Black Hawk State Historic Site has held a unique place in our regional history.  Its location at the crest of the cliff overlooking the Rock River valley and the confluence of the Rock and Mississippi rivers was the center of the Sauk and Mesquakie … [ Continued



Lincoln Park Davenport Fountain

Near 39th Street & 11th Avenue Two unused Real Photo postcards from Shannon Hall’s collection show different perspectives of a fountain which once stood near the north side of Rock Island’s Lincoln Park.  They complement the colorized postcard that is featured here.  The close-up view has a handwritten date of 1939, when the Davenport Memorial … [ Continued


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