Timeline 1845-1854
In their own words
The era and the effort
Founders: Tragedy to triumph
Builders: Executing the plan.
Rock Island throws a party
Note on sources
Railroad home
Grand Excursion 2004
Quad-Cities Tourism
A taste of 1854
R.I. Lines links
Rock Island Technical Society
Matt Willett's R. I. Family Tree
Preservation of the C, RI & P
Illinois Trails
Related links
R.I. County Historical Society
Col Davenport House
Putnam Museum
Quad-Cities Online

A remembrance on the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first train in Rock Island Feb. 22, 1854

A train steams proudly along Rock Island's riverfront in this circa-1856 lithograph from The Rock Island County Historical Society. The tip of Rock Island (Arsenal Island) is at the right center. Just above it is visible the first railroad bridge, completed in 1856. The train is just east of where the National Guard Armory is today. Larger view of this picture
Anniversary stories from The Argus/Dispatch. Feb. 22, 2004
The era and the effort: "A grand new technology..."
Founders: Vision, tragedy, travail -- and triumph
Builders: Two easterners enlarge the plan, and execute it.
Train Day: Rock Island throws a party

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