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Rock Island is a city in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. The population was 39,684 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Rock Island CountyGR6 and is one of the Quad Cities, along with neighboring Moline and the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf. Rock Island County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... 2000 US Census logo The Twenty-Second United States Census, known as Census 2000 and conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States on April 1, 2000, to be 281,421,906, an increase of 13. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... Rock Island County is a county located in the state of Illinois. ... The I-74 Bridge, connecting Bettendorf, Iowa and Moline, Illinois is located near the geographic center of the Quad Cities. ... Moline is a city in Rock Island County, Illinois, United States. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Davenport is a city in the American state of Iowa that borders the Mississippi River. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ...


The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad was founded here in 1851 and was known as the Rock Island Line. The railroad was liquidated in bankruptcy in 1980. The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark RI) was a Class 1 railroad in the United States. ... 1851 (MDCCCLI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Friday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar). ... The Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark RI) was a Class 1 railroad in the United States. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ...


Rock Island is also home to the Rock Island Arsenal on Arsenal Island. It is an active factory producing ordnance and weapons components for the U.S. Army. The Arsenal provides six thousand civilian jobs for the local area. RIA is a company located in the Phillipines. ... Boxes of ammunition clog a warehouse in Baghdad Ammunition is a generic military term meaning (the assembly of) a projectile and its propellant. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ...


The south shore of Rock Island, on the Rock River, occupies the site of the former village of Saukenuk, where the warrior Black Hawk was born. The Black Hawk State Historic Site includes much, but not all, of the site of the original village of Saukenuk. The park includes a museum and a number of pleasant hiking trails along the Rock River and surrounding woods. The frozen Rock River near Oregon, Illinois. ... Blackhawk/Black Hawk, see Black Hawk. ... The Black Hawk State Historic Site, in Rock Island, Illinois, occupies much of the historic site of the village of Saukenuk, the home of a band of Native Americans of the Sauk nation. ... The frozen Rock River near Oregon, Illinois. ...


Rock Island is the home of the WHBF television station. In the 1950s and most of the 1960s, WHBF was one of only two television stations in the Quad Cities area. (The other being WOC on the Iowa side of the river.) WHBF-TV, channel 4, is the CBS affiliate for The Quad Cities, Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa. ... WOC is a radio station licensed to Davenport, Iowa, and has a news and talk radio format. ...

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Bridges and Dams

Due to its proximity to the Mississippi and Rock Rivers, Rock Island has a rich history of bridge-building. For the river in Canada, see Mississippi River (Ontario). ... The frozen Rock River near Oregon, Illinois. ...


The first railroad bridge across the Mississippi River was built between Arsenal Island and Davenport in 1856. Steamboat pilots of the day, fearful of competition from the railroads, considered the new bridge “a hazard to navigation”. Two weeks after the bridge opened, the steamboat Effie Afton rammed part of the bridge and started it on fire. Legal proceedings ensued—with a young lawyer named Abraham Lincoln defending the railroad. The lawsuit went all the way up to the Supreme Court, and was eventually decided in favor of Lincoln and the railroad. Although the original bridge is long gone, a monument exists on Arsenal Island marking the Illinois side. Bridge Street, in Davenport, is the location of the Iowa side. Davenport is a city in the American state of Iowa that borders the Mississippi River. ... For other uses, see Abraham Lincoln (disambiguation). ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is the highest judicial body in the...


Lock and Dam No. 15 and the Government Bridge are now located just southwest of the original bridge site. The Government Bridge, completed in 1896, is notable for having two sets of railroad tracks above the car lanes. It is one of only two bridges in the world with this feature. Lock and Dam No. 15, completed in 1934, is the largest roller dam in the world. It is interesting to note that the dam is only designed for navigation, not flood control. During flood season the rollers are raised, unleashing the full flow of the water. Lock and Dam No. ... The Government Bridge, or Arsenal Bridge, spans the Mississippi River connecting Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa. ... The Highline Canal Roller Dam, an active roller dam in De Beque Canyon near Grand Junction, Colorado. ...


Three other bridges also span the river between Rock Island and Davenport. The Crescent Rail Bridge is a railroad-only bridge, completed in 1899. The second is the Centennial Bridge—an automotive-only bridge, which was completed in 1940. The newest is the Interstate 280 bridge, completed in 1973. The Crescent Rail Bridge carries rail lines across the Mississippi River between Davenport, Iowa and Rock Island, Illinois. ... The Centennial Bridge, or Rock Island Centennial Bridge, connects Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, Iowa. ... The I-280 Bridge carries Interstate 280 across the Mississippi River between Davenport, Iowa and Illinois. ...


On the south side of the city, overlooked by the Black Hawk State Historic Site, is a crossing of the Rock River to Milan, Illinois. This set of bridges also crosses the historic Hennepin Canal. The Black Hawk State Historic Site, in Rock Island, Illinois, occupies much of the historic site of the village of Saukenuk, the home of a band of Native Americans of the Sauk nation. ... The frozen Rock River near Oregon, Illinois. ... Milan is a village located in Rock Island County, Illinois. ... The Hennepin Canal is an abandoned waterway in northwest Illinois, between the Mississippi River at Rock Island and the Illinois River near Hennepin. ...


Geography

Location of Rock Island, Illinois

Rock Island is located at 41°29′21″N, 90°34′23″W (41.489083, -90.573154).GR1 Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 44.4 km² (17.1 mi²). 41.2 km² (15.9 mi²) of it is land and 3.2 km² (1.2 mi²) of it (7.11%) is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 39,684 people, 16,148 households, and 9,543 families residing in the city. The population density was 962.4/km² (2,492.0/mi²). There were 17,542 housing units at an average density of 425.4/km² (1,101.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.13% White, 17.17% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 2.41% from other races, and 2.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.90% of the population. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 16,148 households out of which 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.2% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.9% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.97. This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 13.1% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 21.9% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 89.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $34,729, and the median income for a family was $45,127. Males had a median income of $32,815 versus $23,378 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,202. About 10.9% of families and 14.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.5% of those under age 18 and 8.4% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Points of interest

The Longview Park Conservatory and Gardens (39 acres) is a city park with botanical garden, located at 1300 17th Street, Rock Island, Illinois. ... The Quad City Botanical Center is a set of botanical gardens located next to the Mississippi River at 2525 4th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois. ... Augustana College is a small liberal arts college, with a current enrollment of approximately 2,400 students. ... Chippiannock Cemetery is located on 12th Street and 31st Avenue in Rock Island, Illinois. ...

Film and Theater References

  • The opening 'railroad train' number in Meredith Willson’s The Music Man (1957) is entitled "Rock Island", and suggests by the title and context that the train is indeed a Rock Island train crossing from Rock Island to Davenport, Iowa, also known as "River City".

Robert Meredith Willson (18 May 1902 – 15 June 1984) was an American composer and playwright, best known as the writer of The Music Man. ... This article is about the stage musical. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Davenport is a city in the American state of Iowa that borders the Mississippi River. ... Road to Perdition is a graphic novel written by Max Allan Collins and illustrated by Richard Piers Rayner that was made into a motion picture of the same name in 2002. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... John Patrick Looney was a gangster in the town of Rock Island, Illinois, USA during prohibition. ... Death of a President is a fictional documentary about an attempt assassination of the current United States President George W. Bush. ... George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is the 43rd and current President of the United States, inaugurated on January 20, 2001. ...

See also

The office of Mayor of Rock Island, Illinois has existed since the Rock Islands incorporation in 1841 with Benjamin Barrett serving as the citys first mayor. ... The inland and intercoastal waterways, with the Upper Mississippi highlighted in red. ...

External links


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Flag of Illinois Municipalities and Communities of Rock Island County, Illinois
(County Seat: Rock Island)
Cities, Towns and Villages Andalusia | Buffalo Prairie | Carbon Cliff | Castle Junction | Coal Valley | Cordova | Coyne Center | East Moline | Edgington | Ginger Hill | Hampton | Hillsdale | Illinois City | Milan | Moline | Oak Grove | Port Byron | Rapids City | Reynolds | Rock Island | Rock Island Arsenal | Taylor Ridge | Silvis
Townships Andalusia | Blackhawk | Bowling | Buffalo Prairie | Canoe Creek | Coal Valley | Coe | Cordova | Drury | Edgington | Hampton | Moline | Port Byron | Rock Island | Rural | South Moline | South Rock Island | Zuma
Airports Quad City International Airport

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