Rock Island County

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The history of Rock Island County, once known as the "farm implement capital of the world," starts well before that industry sprung up on the Mississippi River at a point where the river runs east to west. Fur trading, farming, mining, milling, and lumber all played a key role in the county's formation. As the railroad moved west, the first rail bridge over the Mississippi at Rock Island created a transportation hub and furthered the area's process of industrialization. This volume of vintage pictures looks at the county from the early 1800s, prior to its creation, through the mid-1960s. It illustrates the rich rural influence of the settlements, villages, and townships; the development of the cities and their industries, businesses, and educational and cultural centers; and how the people who worked the fields and factories made use of and enjoyed their leisure time.
ISBN: 9780738552392
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Illinois
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
David T. Coopman is a former teacher and lifelong resident of Moline. He served two terms as president of the Rock Island County Historical Society and chaired the successful fund-raising campaign for its library facility. He has authored two books on the history of local broadcasting stations in addition to Rock Island County.
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