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Blue Sky Gifts & Home Decor
1018 Mound St.
Davenport IA

Boruff Auction Company
Aledo IL

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

Cities and villages -- Davenport to Long Grove


In 1833 Antoine LeClaire bought out two partners for $150 for a quarter section of land on the north bank of the Mississippi, and in 1835 sold it to developers for $2,000. He named the community Davenport in honor of his friend Col. George Davenport, an English trader and ferryman with a home on Rock (now Arsenal) Island. The town was a mecca for German immigrants, whose numbers grew from 60 in 1846 to 2,500 two years later. The first railroad bridge to cross the Mississippi was completed from Rock Island to Davenport in 1856.

-- Population: 98,845.

-- ZIP Codes: 52801 through 52809.

-- City hall: 226 W. 4th St.; (563) 326-7711; fax (563) 326-7736 Web site

-- Mayor: Ed Winborn.

-- Aldermen: Ron Van Fossen, 1st Ward; Shawn Hamerlinck, 2nd Ward; Keith Meyer, 3rd Ward; Ray Ambrose, 4th Ward; Bill Lynn, 5th Ward; Charlie Brooke, 6th Ward; Barney Barnhill, 7th Ward; Brian Dumas, 8th Ward; Ian Frink and Jamie L. Howard, at large. The city council meets as a committee of the whole at 4:30 p.m. the Monday preceding city council meetings, and in full session at 7 p.m. the first and third Wednesdays in city hall council chambers.

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

-- Non-emergency services: Police: (563) 326-7979; Fire: (563) 326-7906; Ambulance: Medic EMS, (563) 323-1000.

-- Burn law: Leaf-burning is not allowed. Residents may burn small piles of branches and twigs between sunrise and sunset on designated burn days; call the fire department, (563) 326-7914 for a recorded message saying whether or not it is a designated "burn day."

Burning is only allowed on private property, not on streets, and must be done at least 25 feet from any structure. Recreational fires are allowed after dark, following the same rules.

Leaves and grass clippings must be put in 2-ply Kraft-paper bags with stickers for curbside pickup. The bags are picked up on regular garbage days.

Residents may drop off yard waste at the Davenport Compost Facility, 2707 Railroad Ave.; garden materials and grass clippings cost 50 cents per bag and leaves cost 25 cents per bag. For information, call the compost facility at (563) 328-7225.


Dixon is located in northwest Scott County. The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center is 2 miles northwest of town.

-- Population: 275.

-- ZIP Code: 52745.

-- City hall: 610 Davenport St., P.O. Box 116; (563) 843-3425.

-- Mayor: Craig L. Moeller.

-- Council members: Steve Laughlin, Russell Thomas, Dave Olive, Bernie Moore, Tammy Olive. The town council meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the old fire station.

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

-- Non-emergency services: Scott County Sheriff's Department: (563) 326-8625. Fire: (563) 843-2911.

-- Burn law: None.


Located in Scott County about 7 miles northwest of Davenport city limits, Donahue is the birthplace of the antique tractor pull, started by the Eastern Iowa Tractor Pullers Association. The town hosts Frontier Days over the Labor Day weekend.

-- Population: 311

-- ZIP Code: 52746.

-- City hall: 106 1st Ave.; (563) 282-4161, fax (563) 282-4173.

-- Mayor: Ken Schoenthaler.

-- City council: Kelly Cronkleton, Pat Doerscher, Scott Wiley, Timothy Arp, Rachelle Troje. The city council meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month.

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

-- Non-emergency services: Ambulance -- Medic EMS, (563) 323-1000.

-- Burn law: None.


The farming community of Durant is about 25 miles west of Davenport on the Scott/Cedar county line. The Durant Polka Fest is held in September.

-- Population: 1,677.

-- ZIP Code: 52747.

-- City hall: 402 6th St.; (563) 785-4451

-- Mayor: Rich Harmsen.

-- City council: Mike Foland, Mark Clark, Dawn Smith, Nik Seibel, Mike McKinley. The city council meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month.

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

-- Non-emergency services: Police: (563) 785-6049, Fire (563) 785-4526

-- Burn law: No burning is permitted from Dec. 2-March 14 and June 1 - Aug. 31. Burning of yard waste is allowed from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting March 15-May 30 and Sept. 1 - Dec. 1.

East Moline

East Moline was founded upriver from Moline in 1895 by a group of investors, including members of the Velie and Deere families, and incorporated in 1903 as a village and in 1907 as a city. In 1914 it annexed Watertown, a community founded in 1856 that was once an important coal-shipping point. East Moline is now the home of Deere & Co.'s largest plant.

-- Population: 21,211.

-- ZIP Code: 61244.

-- City hall: 915 16th Ave.; City hall annex, 912 16th Ave.: (309) 752-1599 (mayor's office); (309) 752-1581 (city clerk's office); Web site

-- Mayor: John Thodos.

-- Aldermen: Helen Heiland, 1st Ward; Luis Puentes, 2nd Ward; Luis Moreno, 3rd Ward; Cheri Bustos, 4th Ward; Rick Meredith, 5th Ward; Roseann Cervantes, 6th Ward; Gary Westbrook, 7th Ward. The city council meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month on the second floor of city hall.

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

-- Non-emergency services: police(309) 752-1555, (309) 797-0402 (Dispatch Centre); fire: (309) 752-1505 (administrative offices at 1523 Morton Dr.), TDD (309) 762-0242; ambulance: Illini Ambulance, (309) 792-8634, Trinity Ambulance, (309) 787-1846.

-- Burn law: Allowed on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays unless designated a no-burn day by the fire department. Fires are allowed only between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., and must be attended and not within 25 feet of a structure. A hose or bucket of water must be readily available. Burning is not allowed on sidewalks or asphalt streets.

East Moline residents need to sign up for the city's yard-waste subscription program, if they want their bagged yard waste to be picked up. People who register for the program need to pay a $10 annual fee, and will receive six yard-waste stickers. Residents can download a registration form at, or pick up forms at City Hall, 915 16th Ave., or the engineering and maintenance services building, at 1200 13th Ave. Yard-waste pick-up goes from April to November. For more information, call (309) 752-1573.


Scots and Irish Presbyterians and immigrants from the Schleswig-Holstein area of Germany were the first to settle the area north of Davenport in the 1840s. The town of Eldridge Junction was established July 2, 1871, on land donated by Jacob M. Eldridge. The town prospered, becoming a railroad hub -- until the railroad failed, was sold, and was moved to Oxford Junction by the new owner. The Eldridge Volunteer Fire Department was formed after the "Great Fire of 1904" destroyed six buildings, two homes and three rail cars of cedar fence posts. The area has experienced rapid growth in the last 20 years.

-- Population: 4,484.

-- ZIP Code: 52748.

-- City hall: 305 N. 3rd St., P.O. Box 375; (563) 285-4841; fax (563) 285-7376 Web site

-- Mayor: Brad Noel.

-- City council: Steve Mohr, Steve Puls, Brian Wood, Jim Curtis, Marty O'Boyle. Council meetings are 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

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

-- Non-emergency services: police: (563) 285-9822; fire: (563) 285-9827; ambulance: Medic EMS, (563) 323-1000, Medic EMS/Eldridge Ambulance Facility, (563) 285-8700.

-- Burn law: Leaf-burning allowed on private property but not on city streets or sidewalks. Residents may be required to put out their fires if city officials receive smoke complaints.


Erie, a community closely tied to agriculture, lies in the Rock River Valley in the southwest corner of Whiteside County. The principal landmark, a small, triangle-shaped park in the business district, was purchased by the village's founders for $15 in 1872. Many early settlers of Erie were natives of Erie County, N.Y., and called an oxbow lake near their new home Lake Erie. When the precinct was organized, it became known as Erie.

-- Population: 1,600.

-- ZIP Code: 61250.

-- Village office: 901 8th Ave.; (309) 659-7740

-- Village President: Marcia Smith.

-- Trustees: Jeff Wirth, Mark Armstrong, Kathy Kuhnen, Robert "Bud" Hunter, Jennifer Temple, Tim Possley. The village board meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month at 901 8th Ave.

-- Emergency services: police and fire: 911.

-- Non-emergency services: police: (309) 659-2244.

-- Burn law: None reported.


Geneseo was settled in the early 19th century by a group of families who sought religious freedom and financial opportunity. They emigrated from Bergen and Geneseo in Genesee County, upper New York state. The name "Geneseo," of American Indian origin, means "Pleasant Valley." The original town of 40 acres was recorded in Henry County on July 12, 1838, and the city was chartered by the state on Feb. 16, 1865.

-- Population: 6,480.

-- ZIP Code: 61254.

-- City hall: 101 S. State St.; (309) 944-6419; Web site

-- Mayor: Pat Eberhardt.

-- City council: Lowell Ewert and Ed Deener, 1st Ward; Linda Van Der Leest and Arnie Schmid, 2nd Ward; Wayne Ludwig and Keith Kennett, 3rd Ward; Kevin Peterson and Curtis Spensley, 4th Ward. The city council meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.

-- Emergency services: Police and fire: 911.

-- Non-emergency services: Police: (309) 944-5141, TDD (309) 944-8333; Fire: (309) 944-5141; Ambulance: (309) 944-5141.

-- Burn law: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; in case of rain or bad weather on Saturday, burning allowed on the following Thursday.


Henry McNeil settled on the Illinois bank of the Mississippi River in 1827 or '28, calling the spot McNeil's Landing. Just upstream from present-day East Moline, it was one of the few safe havens for steamboats amid the Mississippi's infamous Rock Island Rapids. Joel Thompson -- who settled near the current 8th Street, then on the border between McNeil's Landing and Well's Ferry -- requested a post office and the name "Milan," but the government found that name already in use in Illinois and officially declared the name to be Hampton on Feb. 1, 1838.

-- Population: 1,624.

-- ZIP Code: 61256.

-- Village hall: 520 1st Ave.; (309) 755-7165. Web site

-- Village President: Sean McKay.

-- Trustees: James Garrison, Janet Norin, Jane Cady, Richard Vershaw, Mickey Van Dieren and Kevin Irby. The village board meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Mondays of the month in village hall.

-- Emergency services police and fire: 911.

-- Non-emergency services police: (309) 755-4524; fire: (309) 755-4524

-- Burn law: Burning allowed every day except for residents who live within 1,000 feet of the school, who must wait until school is out to burn.


The village of Hillsdale celebrated its 125th anniversary in February 1996. Photo albums and scrapbooks trace village history back to 1870. For more historical information, call Moore Memorial Library, (309) 658-2666.

-- Population: 588.

-- ZIP Code: 61257.

-- Village hall: 415 Main St.; (309) 658-2433, fax (309) 658-2442.

-- Mayor: Sadie Bundy.

-- Trustees: Nina Mabeus, Lisa Nicholson, Charlie Reiff, June Cole, Janet Lease, and Gary DeBuysere. The village board meets at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month.

-- Emergency services police and fire: 911.

-- Non-emergency services police: (309) 658-2501; fire: (309) 658-2515.

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


The largest community in Millersburg Township is the incorporated village of Joy. The village is located on the former Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and on Route 17. First settlers of the area were Harrison Riggs, Ebenezer Creswell and Edward Willits.

Population -- 373.

ZIP Code: 61260.

Village hall -- 200 W. Main St., Joy; (309) 584-4127.

Mayor: Philip Foglesong

Trustees: George Braucht, Susan Ortberg, Pat White, Kevin Ortberg, Don Wilken, Deanna Kernan. The board meets the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

Emergency services: Police, fire and ambulance: 911.

Non-emergency services: Police: (309) 584-4127.

Burn law -- Residents can burn yard waste, but no trash or tires.


Keithsburg was once known as the second largest city in Mercer County, and was onetime the county's seat of justice. It's located on the Mississippi River. As late as the 1950s, it was served by the Minneapolis and St. Louis railroads. Keithsburg was platted in 1837 by Robert Keith, an educated Scottish immigrant and was first called Keith's Landing.

-- Population -- 714.

-- ZIP Code: 61244.

-- Village hall -- 302 S. 14th St., Keithsburg; (309) 374-2311; Fax (309) 374-2346. Web site:

-- Mayor -- James Stewart.

-- Trustees -- Neil Nylin, George Askew, Arnold Askew, Joey Ham, Helen "Maxine" Henry and Linda O'Brien. The board meets the second Monday of each month.

-- Emergency services: Police, fire and ambulance: 911. Non-emergency services: (309) 374-2311.

-- Burn law: Yard waste only, no garbage.


Kewanee is situated on land that once was home to the Pottawatomie, Winnebago, Sauk and Fox tribes. In the fall of 1835, Caleb J. Tenny of Wethersfield, Conn., inquired into opening a settlement in Henry County near the Andover Colony, which he had started earlier that year. The first cabin in Wethersfield Colony was built in the winter of 1836-37, and others the following spring. The Little Cabin, built in 1837, still stands at South and Beach streets. The name was changed to "Kewanee" -- the Winnebago word for "prairie chicken," a bird common to the region -- in 1854 when the first train arrived in the area.

-- Population: 12,944.

-- ZIP Code: 61443.

-- City hall: 401 E. 3rd St.; (309) 852-2611.

-- Mayor: Bruce Tossell

-- City council: Duane Gillespie, Andy Koehler, Kellie Wallace, and Jean Blanks. The city council meets the second and fourth Monday of the month.

-- Emergency services: police -- (309) 852-3713, TDD (309) 853-1808; fire-- (309) 852-2115; ambulance-- (309) 852-3800.

-- Burn law: Burning allowed, weather permitting, on Wednesdays and Saturdays in April, May, October and November.


Known as the home of river pilots and the birthplace of Buffalo Bill, LeClaire, in Scott County, offers a small-town atmosphere and beautiful Mississippi River vistas. It was named after Antoine LeClaire, who received a tract of former Indian land at the top of the Rock Island Rapids in the Treaty of 1832. Easy access to Interstate 80 and the I-80 bridge as well as U.S. 67, Iowa's Great River Road, have contributed to a boom in residential and commercial development. Attractions include the Buffalo Bill Museum, the annual Tug Fest with Port Byron, the Mississippi Valley Welcome center, quaint shops, and several outstanding food venues.

-- Population: 3,123.

-- ZIP Code: 52753.

-- City hall: 325 Wisconsin St., P.O. Box 605; (563) 289-4242; Web site

-- Mayor: Vernon Spring.

-- City Council members: Mary Farmer, Lane Bleeker,,Michael R. Wolfe, Bruce Richardson, Debra Smith. The city council meets at 7 p.m. each Monday. Official actions are taken on the first and third Mondays; the second and fourth are committee-of-the-whole sessions.

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

-- Non-emergency services: police and fire (563) 289-4242. ambulance: Medic EMS, (563) 323-1000.

-- Burn law: Residents can burn vegetation grown on their property as long as it does not create a nuisance.

Long Grove

Long Grove takes its name from a long strip of timberland stretching from Walnut Grove to Allen's Grove north of the present Scott Park Road in northern Scott County. Alexander and James Brownlie bought the timber ridge in 1838 and built a log cabin. Alexander Brownlie's unique two-story sod house, as well as Scott County Park, Walnut Grove Pioneer Village and the annual Long Grove Strawberry Fest, draw thousands of visitors to this small town each year.

-- Population: 737.

-- ZIP Code: 52756.

-- City hall: 104 S. 1st St., P.O. Box 210; (563) 285-4904; fax (563) 285-4929 Web site

-- Mayor: Jack L. Hill.

-- City council: Donald W. Abington Jr., Jim Ingram, Keith E. Ehrecke, Janet Morrell, Jeff Nagle. The council meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

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

-- Non-emergency services: Police: (563) 285-4904; fire: (563) 285-4637; ambulance: Medic EMS, (563) 323-1000, Medic EMS/Eldridge Ambulance Facility, (563) 285-8700.

-- Burn law: Restricted to Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dry grass clippings and leaves can be burned. Building materials, trash or wet grass clippings cannot be burned.

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