Quad-Cities Basics
Health and Education
Things to do

List of Advertisers


Brad Deery Motors

Brad's Used Parts
1035 West Kimberly Road
Davenport IA

Clarion Hotel
Colman Florist
2754 12th Street
Rock Island IL

Courtesy Car City
Crowe Ford
1041 S State St
Geneseo IL

Cy's Rental
312 East Locust St
Davenport IA

Da Varah Salon & Spa
1616 5th Avenue
Moline IL

Davenport Boat & Marine
1414 S. Stark St.
Davenportq IA

E.H. Schroeder Insurance Company
3424 18th Avenue
Rock Island IL

Economy Inn
1191 19th Street
Moline IL

Estate Wines
Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd.
6601 - 38th Avenue
Moline IL

What sets the Quad-Cities apart?

Distinctions setting the Quad-Cities region apart include the fact that it's the only area where the Mississippi River flows from east to west, instead of north to south. The Quad-Cities also is the largest metropolitan area on the Mississippi River between Minneapolis and St. Louis.

It also keeps people guessing what four cities belong in the ``Quad.''

The metropolitan area has nearly 140,000 households, and about 485,000 people. More than 2.5 million people live within a 100-mile radius, and about 34 million people reside within a 300-mile radius, making it the largest market between Chicago and California.

River history dates back to an old Native American legend. The Great Father of Waters, according to the legend, carved his way southward, and created a new and mighty river, but he happened upon an area so unexpectedly beautiful that he turned his head for a lingering look, thus altering the course of the river forever.

Bluffs along the river were home to the Sauk and Mesquakie tribes.

The Quad-Cities also serves as the home to Arsenal Island -- the largest island in the upper Mississippi. National and Confederate Cemeteries are on Arsenal Island, as well as the original home of Col. George Davenport and the Commanding General's house, which is the second-largest single-family home owned by the U.S. government, second in size only to the White House in Washington, D.C.

Which cities make up the Quad-Cities depends on legend and who you ask. Early in the last century, the region was referred to as the Tri-City area, with everyone agreeing it consisted of Davenport, Rock Island and Moline.

The term Quad-Cities was coined as early as the 1920s to include East Moline, then the fourth-largest city. Yet, in the 1960s and '70s, Bettendorf's population shot past East Moline to stake its own claim as the fourth ``Quad-City.'' Some people started using the name ``Quint-Cities'' to avoid the controversy, but ``Quad'' stuck.

The metropolitan area includes the major cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa and Rock Island, Moline and East Moline in Illinois. Many people extend the definition to include the rest of Scott County, Iowa, and Rock Island County, as well as parts of Henry and Mercer counties, in Illinois.

The Quad-Cities is within a day's drive of many major metropolitan areas: Cedar Rapids is 90 miles away; Peoria, 95; Springfield, 150; Des Moines, 174; Chicago, 180; Milwaukee, 201; St. Louis, 240; Indianapolis, 303; Omaha, 305; Minneapolis, 330; Kansas City, 350; Cincinnati, 413; and Detroit, 415.

In the last decade, the Quad-Cities has become a Midwest tourist destination, mostly because of the Mississippi River and riverboat gambling, but increasingly as an entertainment center as well.

This Question and Answer book includes information about local cities, towns, schools, colleges, parks and recreational areas, tourist destinations, social service agencies, events, entertainment, boating and fishing spots, libraries, post offices, hospitals, professional sports, golf courses and all sorts of information for new and old Quad-Citians.

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