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

Attendees at June, 1845, meeting at Davenport home

Col. George Davenport -- One of the first white men to settle in the area; city of Davenport is named for him.
James Grant --Davenport attorney, former and future member of the Iowa Legislature; he would later be the first president of the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad.
Ebenezar Cook -- Davenport banker and lawyer
A. C. Fulton --Scott County real estate developer.
P. A. Whittaker -- Rock Island businessman.
Lemuel Andrews -- Rock Island businessman; he would later serve as collector of the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad.
Charles Atkinson -- businssman who had laid out the original town of Moline in 1843; later a member of the Chicago and Rock Island board of directors; assured to railroad came through Moline.
N. D. Elwood -- a Joliet resident
Richard Morgan -- an engineer with railroad surveying experience.

Comments, suggestions, questions: John Beydler

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