Rock Island is located in western Illinois in Rock Island County and is the county seat. It lies across the Mississippi River from Davenport along U.S. Highway 67 and SR 92. Rock Island's population estimate for 1998 was 38,714.
The city was the site of many Sauk and Fox Indian villages before the arrival of European setters in the 1830s. The Sauk warrior Black Hawk lived here when the U.S. Army won the upper Mississippi for white settlers. Fort Armstrong, erected in what is now called Rock Island, also was a trading post, attracting more white settlers and eventually leading to the demise of Black Hawk and his band of warriors.
Today, the area is a major industrial and manufacturing center. Some of America's largest corporations are headquartered or have facilities here; ALCOA, 3M and Ralston Purina are among them.
Augustana College and Bible Missionary Institute, each a four-year institution of higher learning, call Rock Island home.
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Motels, Hotels and Resorts Plaza One Hotel |
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Dutch Days Festival Fulton IL May3-4 Arts and Crafts Vendors; Food and Concession Stands; Windmill Tours; Dutch Dancing and Costumes; Antique Tractor Display; Dutch Treasures Display; Heritage Canyon w/Early American Crafters; Hindeloopen Painting Demo and Sales; Stippling Display and Parade.
Peoria Heights Art Fair Peoria Heights IL May11 A great weekend is planned; the show coincides with the Race for the Cure and the Illinois Art League members show at the Village Hall. A hospitality tent will be open throughout the Art Fair with coffee and donuts in the morning and water and fruit during the day .
Marion Arts Festival Marion IA May18 the festival offers a high caliber, fully accessible cultural experience – a day of fine art and flip flops, families and connoisseurs, fun and education.
DubuqueFest Fine Arts Festival Dubuque IA May17-19 DubuqueFest's juried fine art fair features the work of over 70 artists and artisans from throughout the region offering the very best in fine art and fine craft. Meet the artists, learn about their process, and invest in hand-crafted pieces.
Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe IL May24-26 The first Summer Camp Music Festival was held in 2001 at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. About 1,000 attended the festival that year, and enjoyed over 20 bands on 2 stages over the course of 2 days. Since then, Summer Camp Music Festival has grown to more than 15,000 attendees, hosting more than 100 bands on 7 stages over 3 days.
Harvard's Milk Days Festival Harvard IL May31-June2 Harvard Milk Days offers a weekend of fun for people of all ages. Events include a 2+ hour parade, carnival, food, fireworks, petting zoo and other animals, races, contests and entertainment.