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Scott County Kennel Club
626 W. River Drive
Davenport IA

Seaford Clothing
2613 5TH Ave
Rock Island IL

Sexton Ford
3802 16th Street
Moline IL

Simplicity Contractors

Sleep Inn
Smile Awhile Preschool
300 West 2ND AVE
Milan IL.

St. Mary's Cemetery
2301 3rd St
East Moline IL

Stay Bridge Suites
4729 Progress Drive
Davenport IA

Stenzel Auction Service
14619 East 600th Street
Osco Illinois

Steppan Up In Style
2302 E. 11th Street #3
Davenport IA

Stoney Creek Inn
101 18TH Str.
Moline IL

Strieter Motor Co.
520 W Kimberly Rd
Davenport IA

Terri's Dogstyling School
3848 N. Division
Davenport IA

The Added Touch
Towns and cities -- Aledo to Cordova


Aledo was founded in 1855 by Levi Willits, an early settler and New Boston businessman, and Judge John S. Thompson, one of Mercer County's first lawyers. Aledo became the Mercer County seat in 1857, luring the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad to send its locomotives through the city. The business environment blossomed and the area grew, later inspiring officials to call Aledo "The City of Pride and Progress."

-- Population: 3,613.

-- ZIP Code: 61231.

-- City hall: 120 N. College; (309) 582-7241; fax (309)

582-7242; Web site:

-- Mayor: Lee Celske.

-- Aldermen: Bob Rillie and Chris Hagloch, Ward 1; Don Zook Jr. and Doyce Hiscocks, Ward 2; Richard Maynard Jr. and Michael Frye, Ward 3; Dale Jones and Randy Mattson, Ward 4. The city council meets at 7 p.m., with committee meetings at 6:15 p.m., on the first and third Mondays of the month at city hall.

-- Emergency services: Police, fire and ambulance: 911.

-- Non-emergency services: Police: (309) 582-2331. Fire: (309) 582-2208.

-- Burn law: Residents cannot burn refuse and garbage, but yard waste is acceptable as long as it does not bother area residents. No burning on streets or sidewalks.


Alexis, located 36 miles south of Moline in both Mercer and Warren counties and townships, Suez, North Henderson, Spring Grove and Kelly, was founded by Col. Robert Holloway and J.E. Alexander and incorporated in 1870. The village was named after the Grand Duke of Alexis, heir to the Russian throne, who was buffalo hunting in the area and a guest in the Holloway home. Since 1947, the town has been home to Alexis Fire Equipment Company, manufacturer of fire and rescue apparatus sold to fire departments worldwide.

-- Population: 863.

-- ZIP Code: 61412.

-- Village hall: 122 Main Street; (309) 482-3424; Web site:

-- Mayor: Gene Sims.

-- Trustees: Jeni Simpkins, Charles Johnson, and Wayne Bruns, Brian Neice, Russ Ogilvie and Jim Van Fleet. The village board meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday after the first Tuesday at the Alexis Community Center.

-- Emergency services: Police, fire and ambulance: 911.

-- Non-emergency services: Police: (309) 482-5537. Fire: (309) 482-6131.

-- Burn law: An hour after sunrise and an hour before sunset, the smoke and fire must be out.


As with many towns formed in out nation's history, Alpha came into being as a result of the railroad. The people of the town of Oxford, now not in existence, moved three miles east to the railroad junction in the hope that their town would grow and prosper. Anson Calkins platted the town. He name it "Alpha" because he believed in to the beginning of a great city. The village was incorporated on Jan. 11, 1895.

-- Population: 726.

-- ZIP Code: 61413.

-- Village Hall: 102 S. 2nd. St., (309) 629-9881.

-- Mayor: Marvin Watters.

-- Trustees: Angie Althaus, Dan Doy, Barb Damrun, Dennis Shannon, Ron Medley, and Mike Petrovich. The village board meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month.

-- Emergency services: 911.

-- Non-emergency services: Police: (309) 937-3911.

-- Burn law: No burning after 7 p.m.


Andalusia, an interesting old river town, was incorporated in 1884. Button-cutting from Mississippi River mussels and clams was a flourishing local industry during the 1920s and 1930s, but died out about 1945.

-- Population: 1,150.

-- ZIP Code: 61232.

-- Village hall 221 1st St.: (309) 798-2215.

-- Mayor: Curtis Morrow.

-- Trustees: Darren Woeber, Darryl Anderson, Martin Flaherty, Chris DePries, Teresa Balmer, and Jeremiah Bagwell. The village board meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of the month at the village hall.

-- Emergency services: Police, fire and ambulance: 911.

-- Non-emergency services: Police:(309) 794-9111. Fire: (309) 798-2030

-- Burn law: Burning is allowed anytime that school is not is session. Fires must be attended.


Andover's founding father, the Rev. Ithamar Pillsbury, narrowly escaped death in the War of 1812, an experience that convinced him to become a minister. He founded Andover in 1835. His wife planned to join him in 1837, but died before she could make the trip. The Rev. Lars Esbjorn, a Lutheran minister, came to Andover and founded the Jenny Lind Chapel in 1850, today an invaluable treasure of Swedish-American culture.

-- Population: 594.

-- ZIP Code: 61233.

-- Village hall: P.O. Box 228, Andover; (309) 521-8116.

-- Mayor: Sandra Johnson.

-- Trustees: Michael Mielke, Judy Olson, John Zurcher, Dan Heiar Daniel Crippen and Dave Crippen.

The village board meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of the month in the village hall, which is in the American Legion Building.

-- Emergency services: Police, fire and ambulance: 911.

-- Burn law: None reported.


Settlers first came to live by the marshes along the Green River in 1846. When the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad came through in 1853, landowners Charles Atkinson and James Grant platted the village. Annawan's 1953 centennial publication says the town was named for a Winnebago Indian chief. Draining the swamps made rich farmland available that drew an influx of European settlers between 1860 and 1920. Today Interstate 80 and U.S. 6 give the village quick access to the Quad-Cities, 33 miles to the west. With an 8.2 percent rise in population, Annawan was Henry County's second-fastest-growing community in the 2000 census.

-- Population: 868.

-- ZIP Code: 61234.

-- Village hall: 203 W. Front St.; (309) 935-6226.

-- Mayor: Kennard Franks Jr.

-- Trustees: Kevin Curran, William Gustafson, Grove Killelea, Audie Sturtewagen, Roger Fulton and Richard VanKerrebroeck. The village board meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Hodgett Village Hall.

-- Emergency services: Police, fire and ambulance -- 911.

-- Non-emergency services: Police: (309) 937-3911; Fire and ambulance: (309) 935-6222.

-- Burn law: Not listed.


Atkinson has a beautiful, spacious park, many gardens and flowering boulevards, and lots of green-space. The village is surrounded by dozens of lakes with all types of game fish. The Izaak Walton League's Giant Goose Conservation area is just east of the village, and the Illinois-Mississippi Canal is a mile north.

-- Population: 1,001.

-- ZIP Code: 61235.

-- Village hall: 107 W. Main St.; (309) 936-7658.

-- Mayor: Guy Pauley

-- Village board: Shad Sturtewagen, Ken Taber, Corey Junior, August Junior, Charlie Lotridge, and Sue Mochel. The board meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month.

-- Emergency services: Police: 911; Fire and ambulance service: (309) 936-7979.

-- Non-emergency services: (309) 936-7600.

-- Burn law: Can't burn on Monday or when it's windy. Can't burn within 25 feet of a building, and can't burn garbage.


Settled more than 150 years ago, Elias Gilbert settled in the German-American town of Lillienthal in 1850, and the town later was renamed Gilbert in his honor. The name became Bettendorf in January 1903 after industrialists William and Joseph Bettendorf moved their iron-wagon factory, the Bettendorf Axle Co., there from Davenport.

-- Population: 31,890.

-- ZIP Code: 52722.

-- City hall: 1609 State St.; (563) 344-4000, fax (563) 344-4012; Web site

-- Mayor: Mike Freemire.

-- Aldermen: Norm Voelliger, 1st Ward; Joe Douglas, 2nd Ward; Debe LaMar, 3rd Ward; Patricia Malinee, 4th Ward; Carolyn Koos, 5th Ward; Lisa Brown and Tim Stecker, at large.

The city council meets as a committee of the whole at 5 p.m. the first and third Monday of the month, and as a full council at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of the month.

-- Emergency services: police, fire and ambulance: 911.

-- Non-emergency services: police: (563) 344-4015; Fire: (563) 344-4052; Ambulance: Medic EMS, (563) 323-1000

-- Burn law: The burning of leaves, grass and construction materials is banned. Open burning of some materials is allowed by permit only; permits limited to two per year per property. For details, call (563) 344-4052, or view

Bishop Hill

Hard to find in the rolling Henry County farmland between Cambridge and Galva, Bishop Hill is still one of the county's biggest tourist draws. Founded in 1846 by Swedish religious dissident Erik Jansson (who was murdered in 1850) and his followers, the communal settlement had a population of 1,200 by 1852 and soon had 12,000 acres under cultivation. The town was named for Biskopskulla, Jansson's home parish in Sweden. Perhaps uniquely, Bishop Hill's leaders refused to allow the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad to lay tracks to the burgeoning city. The colony sent an entire company of men to fight for the Union in the Civil War. The commune was broken up in 1861 and the land divided among its members, but the impressive buildings of this utopian settlement remain.

-- Population: 122.

-- ZIP Code: 61419.

-- Village hall: 201 W. Knox St.

-- Mayor: Neil Cooper.

-- Trustees: Wayne Ericson, Eleanore Larson, Wayne Johnson, Judith Gilbert, Mike Funke, Randel Anderson. The village board meets at 5:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month in the village hall.

-- Emergency services: Police, fire and ambulance: 911.

-- Non-emergency services: (309) 937-3911, Henry County Sheriff's Department.

-- Burn law: Not available.

Blue Grass

Located north of Buffalo and west of Davenport on U.S. Highway 61 at the western end of Scott County, Blue Grass is home to Hawkeye Raceway. The site of present-day Blue Grass originally was on an Indian trail between the Mississippi and Cedar rivers and became known as Blue Grass Point. The area was settled in 1836 and incorporated in 1903.

-- Population: 1,850

-- ZIP Code: 52726.

-- City hall: 114 N. Mississippi St.; (563) 381-4700; fax (563) 381-2801. Web site

-- Mayor: Paul Barnes.

-- City council: Larry Brown, mayor pro tem; Leonard Wriedt, Brinson Kinzer, Ray Hicks, Lowell Tennyson. The council meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month.

-- Emergency services: Police, fire and ambulance: 911.

-- Non-emergency services: Police: (563) 381-1485, answering machine (563) 381-2800; Fire: (563) 381-1234.

-- Burn law: Leaf burning is prohibited except for tree trimmings grown on a resident's property. Before burning, residents should call the fire department's non-emergency phone, (563) 381-1234, for a recorded message saying whether or not it is a designated "burn day."


Buffalo originally was known as Clark's Ferry in honor of its founder Capt. Benjamin Clark, a Virginia native and a military commander in the Black Hawk War who settled in Scott County in 1833. Clark platted the town in 1836 along the Mississippi River west of Davenport, and it quickly became an important stop between Burlington and Dubuque. Nearby attractions today include Buffalo Shores Recreation Area and the YMCA's Camp Abe Lincoln.

-- Population: 1,381

-- ZIP Code: 52728.

-- City hall:329 Dodge St., P.O. Box 557; (563) 381-2226; fax: (563) 381-4759. Website

-- Mayor: John Carson.

-- City council: Mitch Greer, Judy Hammons, Dana Jo Smith, Gina Guizar, Christine Carson. The city council meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month.

-- Emergency services: Police, fire and ambulance: 911.

-- Non-emergency services: Police: (563) 381-4733; Fire: (563) 328-6248; Buffalo Volunteer Ambulance: (563) 381-1112.

-- Burn law: No grass-only burning allowed; no burning after dark; anything grown on a resident's property, including leaves, may be burned.


Christened "Cambridge" on June 9, 1843, the village was built near Sugar Tree Grove, a site was selected as the seat of Henry County in February 1843 after much argument in the state legislature. Cambridge was officially incorporated Dec. 31, 1853. The Henry County Agriculture Society was organized to plan the first county fair, held in October of that year.

-- Population: 2,180.

-- ZIP Code: 61238.

-- Village hall: 132 W. Center St.; (309) 937-2570, fax (309) 937-3955.

-- Mayor: Dwaine VanMeenen.

-- Trustees: Grady Usrey, Jim Crouch, Dale Doubler, Bill Schehl and Richard Burns. The village board meets at 7 p.m. in the village hall the last Monday of the month.

-- Village administrator: Mike Palmer.

-- Emergency services: Police and fire: 911.

-- Non-emergency services: Police: (309) 937-3911; Fire: (309) 937-3344.

-- Burn law: Burn on Wednesdays and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carbon Cliff

Carbon Cliff got its name from the coal mines in the hills along what is now Illinois 84, near the Rock River in Rock Island County. The town existed for many years before being incorporated in 1907; church records date back to the 1850s. The village got its first telephone poles in 1909 and electric lights in 1912.

-- Population: 1,689.

-- ZIP Code: 61239.

-- Village hall: 106 1st Ave.; P.O. Box 426, 61239; (309) 792-8235; Web site

-- Mayor: Ken Williams.

-- Trustees: Mark Gast, Rich Wienandt, Paula McKay, Don Brewer, Jessie Sanders and Alma Neels.

The village board meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

-- Emergency services: Police and fire: 911.

-- Non-emergency services: Police: (309) 794-1230; Fire: (309) 794-1230

-- Burn law: Residents may burn organic refuse only, any day of the week during daylight hours, weather permitting. Burn piles must be attended at all times and cannot be placed in the street. Garbage may not be burned.

Coal Valley

The village, at the southern edge of Rock Island County, south of Moline and the Rock River, was named for the coal mines being operated by Welsh miners in the area when the community was founded in 1856. In 1892, 28 residents signed a petition asking the town board to construct a town hall; work was begun in September and completed by Thanksgiving for $3,000, which was covered by a benefit performance.

-- Population: 3,821.

-- ZIP Code: 61240.

-- Village hall: 900 1st St.; (309) 799-3604.

-- Mayor: Stanley Engstrom.

-- Trustees: Cliff Carlson, Julie Berg, Mike Bealer, Mark Saelens, Rick Lasek and Drue Mielke.

The village board meets at the village hall at 7 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.

-- Emergency services: Police, fire and ambulance: 911.

-- Non-emergency services: Police (309) 799-5416; Fire (309) 799-5534.

-- Burn law: Residents may burn yard waste only, on any day of the week between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Burn piles must be attended at all times and may not be placed on asphalt or sidewalks.


In the first merger of two equal partners into a new city in Illinois history, voters in the village of Colona and the city of Green Rock, approved creating the new city of Colona, with just under 5,000 residents, in a 1995 referendum. The two communities, neighbors across Illinois 84 just south of the Rock River in Henry County, began operating as one city in 1997. Henry County's first resident, a Dr. Baker, settled in what would become Colona in 1835.

-- Population: 5,173.

-- ZIP Code: 61241.

-- City hall: 100 E. 9th Ave.; (309) 792-0571 or (309) 949-3140 (Geneseo Telephone customers); email

-- Mayor: Dan McDaniel.

-- Aldermen: Patricia Robertson and Dale Hillman, 1st Ward; Don Lenth and Larry Swemline, 2nd Ward; Mary Carlson and Mike King, 3rd Ward; Melvin "Butch" Downs and Don Ropp Jr., 4th Ward. The city council meets at the city hall at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, following a committee-of-the-whole meeting at 6.

-- Emergency services: Police, fire and ambulance -- 911.

-- Non-emergency services: Police -- (309) 792-1511, Level Acres area, (309) 949-3091; Fire: (309) 792-3231.

-- Burn law: Residents may burn on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, but not on windy days or dry days. Burning is not allowed after dusk. Do not leave the burn pile unattended; have a pail of water or a hose nearby. Residents may not burn things in the street, or burn green grass clippings until they have completely dried.


As in other Mississippi River villages, Cordova's one-time pearl and button industry, lumber and shipping trade, and lime-extraction and sand/gravel industries have declined and closed down. This town near the northern end of Rock Island County now offers Cordova Raceway Park and the World Series of Drag Racing, along with great views of the river.

-- Population: 685.

-- ZIP Code: 61242.

-- Village hall: 906 Main St., Box 6; (309) 654-2620.

-- Mayor: Mike McCullough.

-- Trustees: Jon Noland, Lynn Fidlar, Kenneth McCool, Cindy Barber, Patsy Fidlar, and Fred Genung. The village board meets at 7:00 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at the fire station, 906 Main St. The committee meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6:00.

-- Emergency services: Police, fire, ambulance: 911.

-- Nonemergency services: Police (309) 654-2600; Fire (309) 654-2371

-- Burn law: In certain weather conditions, the fire department posts a notice that burning isn't allowed, otherwise, no restrictions.

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