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Rock Island county is located in western Illinois to the northwest of the Interstate 80/Interstate 74 interchange and east of Davenport across the Mississippi River.

Corn and soybeans do well in the Mississippi Valley's rich alluvial soils--one of the most fertile agricultural areas in the world.

Helping to make farming productive was John Deere, inventor of the self-scouring plow in 1837. His original shop was in Grand Detour, just north of Dixon. He built a mansion in Moline in 1880 and it stands today as a tribute to the man and the farm implement industry.

The county seat is the town of Rock Island and the county population on July 1, 1999, was 147,522, a decrease of 1,201 over the 1990 census.

For information on county government, contact the National Association of Counties Web site.

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Location: Rock Island Illinois

Other Illinois Counties nearby:
(Cambridge) Henry County
(Aledo) Mercer County
(Rock Island) Rock Island County
(Toulon) Stark County
(Morrison) Whiteside County

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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.