About our Community – the Quad Cities IL/IA
What are the Quad Cities?
The Quad Cities is a region of five cities straddling the Mississippi in Illinois and Iowa. The urban core consists of five principal cities: Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline in Illinois. These cities are the center of the Quad Cities Metropolitan Area, which as of 2013 had a population estimate of 383,781 and a CSA (Combined Statistical Area) population of 474,937, making it the 90th largest CSA in the nation. There are a ton of great things to do and see. Click here to learn more from the QC Chamber of Commerce. Visit us today and see all we have to offer!
- The business Antique Archeology, featured on the History Channel show American Pickers, is located in LeClaire
- Brady Street Stadium, a major high-school sports venue along Davenport’s Brady Street (U.S. 61)
- The Col Ballroom, a small arena for music concerts, in Davenport
- Davenport Skybridge
- Figge Art Museum, Davenport, formerly the Davenport Museum of Art, designed by British architect David Chipperfield and opened in 2005. Its holdings include extensive collections of Haitian, colonial Mexican and Midwestern art, particularly pieces by Thomas Hart Benton, Marvin Cone and Grant Wood, and personal effects from Wood’s estate.
- Fred Schwengel Memorial Bridge, a four-lane steel-girder bridge on Interstate 80, crossing the Mississippi River to connect LeClaire and Rapids City. Opened in 1966.
- Government Bridge, a double-decked bridge adjacent to Locks and Dam 15, carrying motor and rail traffic between Arsenal Island and Davenport. The 1896 truss bridge, about 1,950 feet long, includes a 360-degree swing span over the twin locks. It connects to the Illinois side of the river via the Rock Island Viaduct.
- Iowa 80 Truck Stop – the world’s largest truck stop is along Interstate 80 near Walcott, Iowa, west of Davenport.
- Interstate 74 Bridge, formerly known as the “Iowa-Illinois Memorial Bridge”, connecting Bettendorf and Moline. The twin suspension spans across the Mississippi River were built in 1935 and 1959 and adapted to carry Interstate 74 in the early 1970s. The twinned towers are a symbol of the two-state Quad Cities community. The bridge is set to be replaced with eight lanes.
- John Deere Pavilion, a small museum and showcase for John Deere equipment, built adjacent to the John Deere Commons in the 1990s in downtown Moline.
- John Deere World Headquarters, designed by Eero Saarinen and completed in 1963 in Moline.
- The John Looney Mansion, designed and built in 1897 for the attorney, publisher and gangster John Looney in Rock Island which still stands off 20th Street and 17th Avenue.
- Lock and Dam No. 15, a 1,200-foot roller dam with twin locks across the Mississippi River between Arsenal Island and Davenport. The roller dam, billed as the longest of its type, maintains a pool upstream that allows river traffic to pass through the once notorious Rock Island Rapids.
- Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, a fair and exposition venue in Davenport
- Modern Woodmen Park, formerly John O’Donnell Stadium, home of the Houston Astros’ class A affiliate, the Quad Cities River Bandits, on the Davenport riverfront. With the lights of Rock Island across the Mississippi and the Centennial Bridge looming just beyond the right-field fence, the park was named by USA Today as one of 10 great places for a baseball pilgrimage. The ball park added a 110 ft. ferris wheel before the start of the 2014 season.
- Old Main, completed in 1888, the oldest building on the campus of Augustana College. Located on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, its iconic and newly renovated dome was lighted as of October 2011.
- Putnam Museum in Davenport
- Quad City Botanical Center in Rock Island
- Quad Cities Waterfront Convention Center, located in Bettendorf
- RiverCenter/Adler Theatre, a convention and performing-arts complex in Davenport. The 2,400-seat Adler is the former RKO Orpheum Theater, which opened in 1931, designed by A.S. Graven of Chicago, whose projects included the Drake Hotel in Chicago and the Paramount Theater in New York City. The theater was extensively renovated and expanded in 1984–86 and 2005.
- River Music Experience, a performance, education and music-history venue in the Redstone Building, the former Petersen Harned Von Maur department store
- Rock Island Arsenal, manufacturer of military equipment and ordnance since the 1880s, now the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States. The arsenal is located on Arsenal Island (formerly known as Rock Island) in the Mississippi River between Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois. Fort Armstrong was built there in 1816. During the civil war, the island held a Union prison camp for Confederate soldiers. The Federal-style home of Colonel George Davenport, built in 1833–34, the oldest extant building in the Quad Cities, is on the north bank of the island.
- Rock Island Centennial Bridge over the Mississippi River between downtown Davenport and Rock Island, completed in 1940 to commemorate Rock Island’s 100th anniversary. The five arches of the 3,853-foot through-arch bridge often are used as a symbol of the Quad Cities.
- Rock Island County Fairgrounds in East Moline, also the site of the Quad City Speedway
- Rock Island Auction Company from the Discovery Channel show Ready, Aim, Shoot
- TaxSlayer Center – 11,000-seat arena in Moline (formerly The Mark of the Quad Cities and the iWireless Center).
- Vander Veer Botanical Park
Info courtesy of Wikipedia.