I grew up in a great place, called the Quad Cities.  It's a collection of four cities that straddle the Mississippi River, between Illinois and Iowa.  Davenport & Bettendorf comprise the Iowa portion of the equation, with Rock Island & Moline rounding out the Illinois half.  

I lived in 3 of the 4 cities and have many fond memories from this period, despite some really hard times (courtesy of a 1970's Russian grain embargo, massive farm company lay-offs and resulting nearly 30% unemployment).  I long for many of the simple pleasures that can be found here, such as bunny rabbits, giant moths - lots of wildlife really.  Free boat launches, no paying for parking ANYWHERE, good schools.   Not having to lock your doors, leaving your keys in your car at night.  Changes of seasons....the sights, friendly people...friends....and family....sigh...   The Quad Cities has a metropolitan population of approximately 400,000 people.

QC - Old Rock Island Lines Train station turnstyle 1985.jpg (48403 bytes)       Cars - The Bo Bo Mobile 1985.jpg (33007 bytes)        QC - Fort Armstrong on RI Arsenal 1985.jpg (40964 bytes)    QC - Lock & Dam 15 - 1st & oldest bridge across mississippi 1985.jpg (53112 bytes)   QC - Rock Island HS stadium 1985.jpg (42210 bytes)

Rock Island Lines The Bo-Bo Mobile     Fort Armstrong     Arsenal Bridge   Rocky Stadium

This area suffered as badly as many other areas have in recent years (like coal mining towns, steel workers, heavy manufacturing, etc.).   Still, it was a good place to grow up.


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