Rock Island County, Illinois Genealogy Trails
Moline, a flourishing manufacturing city in Rock Island County, incorporated in 1872, on the Mississippi above Rock island and opposite Davenport, Iowa; is 168 miles south of west from Chicago, and the intersecting point of three trunk lines of railway. Moline, Rock Island and Davenport are connected by steam and street railways, bridges and ferries. All three obtain water-power from the Mississippi. The region around Moline is rich in coal, and several productive mines are operated in the vicinity. It is an important manufacturing point, its chief outputs being agricultural implements, filters, malleable iron, steam engines, vehicles, lumber, organs (pipe and reed), paper, lead-roofing, wind-mills, milling machinery and furniture. The city has admirable water-works, several churches, good schools, gas and electric light plants, a public library, five banks, three daily and weekly papers. It also has an extensive electric poser plant, electric street cars and interurban line. Population in 1890 was 12,000; in 1900 it was 17,248.
From the 1901 Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois; Transcribed by K. Torp ©2005
Rock Island County, Illinois
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