Step back in time and walk through history at the Rock Island Arsenal Island in the middle of the upper Mississippi River. The Arsenal has supplied troops during the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam and Gulf Wars.
From beginnings protecting fur traders in the early 1800s, Arsenal Island now features a museum, Colonel Davenport home, the Mississippi River Visitors Center, the National and Confederate Cemetery, the Commanding General’s Residence, tanks and artillery. The Commanding General’s residence is the second largest single-family home owned by the US government. Only the White House is larger.
Narrated history of the island can be heard on the Historical Trolley Tours in Downtown Moline, Illinois. Contact Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, 800-747-7800; www.visitquadcities.com.