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Q: There is a house overlooking River Drive in Davenport that has a large black gorilla statue in the yard. Do you know the significance of this?

A: The gorilla is but the most noticeable member of a concrete menagerie spread around the house, built in 1912 by lumber baron John J. Reimers and now owned by Toofe Rizk.

There's a pair of painted sphinxes on the non-river side, as well as deer, gargoyles and assorted other creatures. Mr. Rizk told reporters in 2001 when he added the gorilla -- whose name, incidentally, is Hector -- that he was working on a `Safari Park' theme for the 4.5-acre estate.

If you happen to be interested, there's an ``Estate for sale" sign up on the property. The price isn't listed but it's reported to be $2.2 million. No word on whether the menagerie is included.

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  Today is Tuesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2014. There are 162 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Everybody is invited to go on a moonlight excursion next Monday evening on the steamer New Boston. The trip will be from Davenport to Muscatine and back.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The mayor and bridge committee let a contract to the Clinton Bridge company for a $1,125 iron bridge across Sears canal near Milan.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Injunction proceedings to compel the Central Association to keep a baseball team in Rock Island for the remainder of the season were contemplated by some of the Rock Island fans, but they decided to defer action.
1939 -- 75 years ago: The first of the new and more powerful diesel engines built for the Rock Island Lines for the proposed Chicago-Denver run, passed thru the Tri-Cities this morning.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island Rescue Mission is negotiating for the purchase of the Prince Hall Masonic Home located at 37th Avenue and 5th Street, Rock Island.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad Cities Container Terminal is being lauded as a giant business boon that will save several days and hundreds of dollars on each goods shipment to the coasts. The Quad Cities Container Terminal is the final piece of the puzzle that opens up increase access to world markets, Robert Goldstein said.

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