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Davenport is a city located along the Mississippi River in Scott Countymarker, Iowamarker, United Statesmarker. Davenport is the county seat of and largest city in Scott County. As of the 2000 census, the city had a population of 98,359. A 2008 estimate shows the population has increased slightly to 100,827 making it Iowa's third-largest city. Davenport is one of the Quad Citiesmarker, along with neighboring Bettendorfmarker and the Illinoismarker cities of Molinemarker, East Molinemarker, and Rock Islandmarker. Davenport was founded on May 14, 1836, and was named after Colonel George Davenport, a friend of founder Antoine LeClaire. As of 2009, the mayor is Bill Gluba.

The city has two main universities: Saint Ambrose University and Palmer College of Chiropractic, which is the birthplace of chiropractic and wellness technique. Several well-known annual music festivals take place in Davenport, including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Fair, and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, which is dedicated to native Bix Beiderbecke. An internationally known foot race called the Bix 7 is run during the festival. The city has a Class A minor league baseball team, the Quad Cities River Bandits. Davenport has twenty-seven parks and over of recreational paths for biking or walking.

Three interstates and two major United States Highways serve the city. Davenport has a declining crime rate and a low rate of unemployment. In 2007, Davenport, along with neighboring Rock Island, won the City Livability Award. Notable natives of the city include jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke and NFL running back Roger Craig.


In 1832, Sauk Indian tribe chief Keokuk and United States Army General Winfield Scott signed a treaty to end the Black Hawk War. Antoine LeClaire, who was part French and part Pottawattamie, served as translator. A generous portion of land was gifted by Chief Keokuk to Marguerite LeClaire, Antoine's wife, as she was the granddaughter of a Sac Indian tribe chief. Keokuk stipulated that Antoine build their home on the exact spot where the treaty was signed or forfeit the land. Antoine did so, finishing the Treaty House in the spring of 1833. Davenport was established on May 14, 1836 by Antoine LeClaire, and named after his good friend Colonel George Davenport.

In 1837, shortly after Scott Countymarker was formed, Davenport and rival neighbor Rockingham both campaigned to become the county seat. The city with the most votes in the February 1838 election would become the county seat. On the eve of the election, Davenporters secured the temporary service of Dubuquemarker laborers so that they could vote in the election and Davenport won. Rockingham supporters did not like this and protested the elections to the territorial governor, who refused to certify the results of the election. A second election was scheduled for the following August. To avoid another import of voters, the governor set a 60-day residency requirement for all voters. Davenport was again the victor by only two votes. A third election was set by the Territorial Legislature for the summer of 1840. As the August election drew nearer, Rockinghamers grew tired of the county seat cause, and the efforts of other Davenporters were difficult to challenge. Davenport easily won the third election. To ensure that the county seat issue would not be played out again, Davenport built the first county courthouse.

The first railroad bridge built across the Mississippi River connected Davenport and Rock Island, Illinoismarker, in 1856 and was built by the Rock Island Railroad. Steamboat companies saw nationwide railroads as a threat to their business and on May 6, 1856, just weeks after it was completed, a steamboat captain crashed the Effie Afton into the bridge. The owner of the Effie Afton, John Hurd, filed a lawsuit against The Rock Island Railroad Company. The Railroad Company selected Abraham Lincoln as their trial lawyer and the United States Supreme Courtmarker decided the bridge could remain.

Just before the start of the Civil War, Governor Samuel J. Kirkwood declared Davenport to be Iowa's first military headquarters and five camps were set up in the city to aid the Union. After the Civil War, hundreds of Iowa children were left homeless. On November 16, 1865, the "Iowa Soldier's Orphans' Home" (renamed the Annie Wittenmyer Home in 1949) was opened. Starting in 1876, children from broken homes as well as orphans from all of Iowa's ninety-nine counties would live in the home.
The home was a self-contained community containing residences, a school, tailor shop, and a chapel. After 110 years of service the home closed in 1975.

The Davenport City Hall was built in 1895, for the meager price of $100,000 ($ in dollars). The 1920s brought an economic and building boom. The city's skyline began to form with the construction of commercial buildings like the Kahl Building, the Parker Building, and the Capitol Theatre. Large national department stores also arrived downtown, including Montgomery Ward, Sears, and J.C. Penney.

By 1932 thousands of Davenporters were on public relief due to the Great Depression. A shantytown grew in the west end of the city along the Mississippi River. Sickness, hunger, and unsanitary living conditions plagued the area. That would soon end, as Davenport experienced a post-war boom after World War II. Oscar Mayer, Ralston Purina, and other companies all built plants in west Davenport. The Interstate highway network was brought to Davenport in 1956. By 1959 more than 1,000 homes a year were being constructed. By the late 1970s the good times were over for both downtown and local businesses and industries. The farm crisis of the 1980s hit Davenport and the rest of the Quad Cities hard; 35,000 workers lost their jobs through the entire Quad Cities area. The Caterpillar Plant on the city's north side closed, causing many jobs to be lost. The 1990s brought the beginnings of a turnaround for the city. In recent years, many renovations and building additions have occurred to revitalize the downtown area, including fixing up Modern Woodmen Parkmarker and building the Skybridgemarker and the Figge Art Museummarker.


Davenport is located at (41.542982, −90.590745). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of , of which, is land and (3.31%) is water.

Davenport is located approximately west of Chicagomarker and east of the Iowa state capital of Des Moinesmarker. The city is located about north of St. Louismarker, Missourimarker, and southeast of Minneapolismarker, Minnesotamarker. Farmland surrounds Davenport, outside the Quad Citiesmarker area. The Mississippi River in Davenport has a maximum depth of around and is wide where the Centennial Bridgemarker crosses it. The Mississippi River flows from east to west along Davenport's banks, as opposed to its usual north to south direction.

Davenport is located on the banks of the Mississippi River. From the river the city starts to slope north up a hill, which is steep at some points. The streets of the city, especially downtown and in the central part of the town, follow a grid design. Davenport often makes national headlines when the Mississippi River floods. It is the largest city bordering the Mississippi that has no permanent floodwall or levee. Davenport prefers the open access to the river for parks and vistas over having access cut off by dikes and levees. Davenport has adopted ordinances that any new construction in the floodplain must be elevated above the 100-year-flood level or protected with walls. As a result, former mayor Phil Yerington publicly expressed the view that if they "let Mother Nature take her course, we'll all be better off". An example of a building that is elevated or flood-proofed in Davenport is the Figge Art Museummarker.


Davenport is in the humid continental climate (Dfa) on the Köppen climate classification. Summers are very warm to hot with high levels of humidity. Winters have cold temperatures and often high winds, with snow likely from November through February. Average snowfall in Davenport is per year. January is on average the coldest month, while July is the warmest. The highest temperature recorded in Davenport was on July 18, 2006. The lowest record temperature, , was recorded on February 2 and February 3, 1996. Substantial weather changes frequently occur at three to four day intervals as a result of mid-latitude storm tracks.

While situated squarely in the path of Tornado Alley, no devastating tornado has ever touched down in Davenport. The reason for a lack of tornadoes may be due to the fact that the Mississippi River and Rock River merge together close to the city. Davenport is believed to be protected from tornadoes by a blessing from a "mass mound", similar to an altar.

Flooding is often a severe problem in Davenport due to the lack of a flood wall. During the Great Flood of 1993, the water crested at on July 9. This is nearly above the flood stage. Major flooding in Davenport causes many problems. Roads in and around the downtown area, including U.S. Route 67, are closed and cause increased traffic on other city roads. The effects of major flooding can be long-lasting. For example, during the 2008 flooding, Credit Islandmarker in the city's southwest corner remained closed for 5½ months while crews worked on cleaning up damage and removing river debris. It is not just the Mississippi River that floods; Duck Creek, a stream situated in Bettendorf and Davenport, is vulnerable to flash flooding. Severe thunderstorms on Saturday, June 16, 1990, created heavy flash flooding in Bettendorf and Davenport that killed four people. Another major flood happened on Thursday, June 12, 2008, when severe thunderstorms caused Duck Creek to jump its banks and flood into properties and nearby streets (See Iowa flood of 2008)


Davenport has a variety of neighborhoods dating back to the 1840s. The city can be divided into five areas for neighborhoods: Downtown, central, east end, near north and northwest, and west end. The neighborhoods contain many architectural designs, including Victorian, Queen Anne, Tudor Revival, and others. Many of the original neighborhoods were inhabited by German settlers. The original city plot was around current day Ripley and 5th Streets, where Antoine LeClaire had built his house. Housing is among the most affordable in the nation.

Downtown contains the two tallest buildings in the Quad Cities. The Wells Fargo bank building is seventeen stories tall and the MidAmerican building is fifteen stories. Downtown contains a few other tall buildings, including the eleven-story Black Hawk Hotel and the ten-story Kahl Building.

The central neighborhoods originally contained many of the working class Germans who settled the town. The Hamburg neighborhood contains the most architecturally significant residences in the old German neighborhoods. The central neighborhoods contain Palmer College of Chiropractic and many commercial buildings on Brady Street, Harrison Street (both Route 61), and Main Street.

The east neighborhoods date back to 1850. The proximity and commanding view of the river kept these neighborhoods a fashionable address long after the original families departed. The east end neighborhood, The Village of East Davenport ("The Village" for short), consists of residential and commercial buildings which are mostly small specialty shops. Lindsay Park, in The Village, was used as parade grounds for Civil War soldiers from Camp McClellan.

The north and west end neighborhoods also contained many working class Germans and was plotted in the 1850s with extensive development occurring in the 1870s. Vander Veer Parkmarker is a large park with a botanical garden and a fountain. The park was modeled after New York Citymarker's Central Parkmarker and was originally named Central Park. Vander Veer is surrounded by large Queen Anne and Tudor Revival style houses and were built between 1895 and 1915. Development of the Vander Veer Park was the first major beautification effort outside two small spaces in downtown. Today the park contains a lagoon and a small botanical park. The Riverview Terrace neighborhood is located on a bluff overlooking downtown, the Mississippi River, and Rock Island.


According to a 2008 estimate, the city population grew to 100,827, marking the first time since 1984 that the city's estimated population has topped 100,000.

As of the 2000 census, there were 98,359 people, 39,124 households, and 24,804 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,566.5 people per square mile (604.8/km²). There were 41,350 housing units at an average density of 658.5/sq mi (254.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 83.68% White, 9.24% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 2.00% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.32% from other races, and 2.36% from two or more races. 5.36% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 39,124 households out of which 31.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.6% were non-families. Of all households, 29.5% were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 20.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,378 with families earning $51,445. Males had a median income of $41,853 versus $30,002 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,828. About 10.5% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.2% of those under age 18 and 6.4% of those ages 65 or over. The average home price in Davenport is $99,312.


Crime in Davenport is on the decline. Violent crimes, which include robbery, rape, and assault, have fallen 35.7% from 2002–2006. Murders are down 42.9% from 2000 to four murders in 2006. From 2005 to 2006, stolen vehicles decreased by 36.6% to 295, burglaries decreased 12.7% to 1,449, aggravated assaults decreased by 46.3% to 481, and robberies decreased by 10.5% to 271. Forcible sex abuse is the only crime with an increase, up 17.4% to 142 cases.


Davenport's biggest labor industry is manufacturing, with over 7,600 jobs in the sector. John Deere is the largest employer in the Quad Cities, and has a plant on Davenport's north side.

Davenport is the headquarters for department store Von Maur, which has twnety-two stores in nine states. Davenport is also the headquarters of Lee Enterprises, which publishes fifty-five daily newspapers and more than 300 weekly newspapers, shoppers, and specialty publications, along with online sites in twenty-three states. As of September 2009, the unemployment rate in Davenport and the rest of the Quad Cities, had rose to 8.4%.

Davenport has a lower cost of living than the national average. In 2009, Forbes ranked Davenport as the second best metropolitan area for cost of living. CNN Money ranked Davenport as the sixteenth most affordable housing in the country.

The surrounding Quad Cities have a few major places of employment, including the Rock Island Arsenalmarker, which is the largest government-owned weapons manufacturing arsenal in the United States. KONE, Inc, a large manufacturer of elevators, is located in Moline, Illinoismarker. Alcoa, a large aluminum manufacturer, is located in Riverdale, Iowamarker. Other local businesses include Whitey's Ice Cream, Hungry Hobo sandwich shop, and Happy Joe's and Harris Pizza – both local pizza restaurants.


Points of interest

Downtown Davenport has many points of interest including the Davenport Public Librarymarker, the Davenport Skybridgemarker, Figge Art Museummarker, River Music Experiencemarker, Putnam Museum and IMAX Theatermarker, Modern Woodmen Parkmarker which is home of the Quad City River Bandits baseball team and the Centennial Bridgemarker.

Davenport has a few cultural and educational institutions, including the Figge Art Museum, the Putnam Museum which was founded in 1867 and was one of the first museums west of the Mississippi River, and The Quad City Symphony Orchestra, headquartered in downtown Davenport, was founded in 1915. The Davenport Public Library was opened in 1839.

The first chiropractic school in the world, Palmer College of Chiropractic, was founded in 1897 and is located just north of downtown. Uptown features the Great Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, which hosts fairs, stock car racing, and many other events. NorthPark Mallmarker is the city's main shopping mall and has 160 stores. Its companion, SouthPark Mallmarker, is located in Molinemarker. Brady Street Stadium is home to Davenport high school football games as well as football games for Saint Ambrose University. Davenport has a number of parks, including Credit Islandmarker park which has a bike path, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, and fishing along the Mississippi River. Vander Veer Botanical Parkmarker has a small botanical garden and also features a walking path, a lagoon, and a large fountain.

Events and festivals

Bix Fest is a three-day music festival with many traditional jazz bands held in tribute to internationally renowned jazz cornetist, pianist, composer, and Davenport native Bix Beiderbecke. The festival was started in August 1971 and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society was founded one year later to organize and sponsor it. 2009 was the 39th consecutive festival. In addition to the Bix Fest, the Wells Fargo Street Fest features live music, food, and vendors.

The annual Bix 7 road race is a long race held in late July in Davenport. The race was founded in 1975 by a resident of Bettendorf, Iowamarker, who wanted to bring to the Quad Cities some of the excitement he felt when he ran his first Boston Marathon. The first race had 84 runners. Today the race is often run by 12,000 to 18,000 runners. In late July or early August the six-day Great Mississippi Valley Fair features major grandstand concerts, carnival rides, attractions, and food vendors. Sturgis on the River is a large annual gathering of motorcycles which includes bands and food vendors.

Sister cities

Davenport has three sister cities. Kaiserslauternmarker, Germanymarker, became a sister city on June 10, 1960. The coastal city of Ilhéusmarker in Bahia, Brazilmarker, became Davenport's sister city on January 31, 2005. Finally, Davenport and County Carlowmarker, Irelandmarker, became sister cities on September 26, 2006.

Sports and recreation

Davenport and the Quad Cities are home to many sports teams. The Quad Cities River Bandits baseball team play games at Downtown Davenport's Modern Woodmen Parkmarker. The i wireless Centermarker in Molinemarker is home to the Quad City Flames hockey team and the Quad City Steamwheelers arena football team. The Quad Cities Riverhawks are a Premier Basketball League team. They play their home games at Wharton Field Housemarker on the old Marycrest International Universitymarker campus. Davenport high schools are in the Mississippi Athletic Conference for sports.

Davenport has twenty-seven parks with a total of 2,200 acres (8.9 km²) of land. Major parks include Credit Islandmarker, which is a park in southwest Davenport located alongside the Mississippi River. Fejervary Park contains a pool and children's zoo and has approximately 20,000 visitors each year since 1996.
Junge Park is situated along the Duck Creek bike path and includes baseball and softball fields, along with sand volleyball, and basketball courts.
Junge Park is situated along the Duck Creek Parkway and includes baseball and softball fields, sand volleyball, and basketball courts. LeClaire Park is located right on the banks of the Mississippi River next to Modern Woodmen Parkmarker. LeClaire Park hosts many summer events including River Roots Live and Ribfest. Bands for the Bix Fest play in the park each July. Vander Veer Botanical Parkmarker welcomes approximately 25,000 visitors to continuous floral shows year-round.

The city features two recreational trails for biking or walking. Duck Creek Parkway extends from Emeis Park in west Davenport east to Bettendorf along Duck Creek. Riverfront Parkway extends along the Mississippi waterfront from Credit Islandmarker to Bettendorf. Both these trails continue into Bettendorf. Plans are being discussed to connect the two trails in Riverdalemarker. Four public golf courses are offered in the city, which are designed and maintained to satisfy all types of golfing interests.

Davenport offers a few river-related activities. The Celebration Belle has river cruises from a one-and-a-half-hour sightseeing cruise to an all-day three-meal cruise up to Dubuque, Iowamarker. The Channel Cat boat offers rides across the river and has two stops in Iowamarker and three stops in Illinoismarker and connects the bike paths that each state has on its river front.


The major daily newspaper in Davenport is the Quad-City Times. An alternative free newspaper, the River Cities Reader, is published in Davenport. All four major television networks have stations in the area, including KWQCmarker (NBC) and KLJBmarker (Fox) in Davenport. WHBFmarker (CBS) is located in Rock Islandmarker and WQADmarker (ABC) is in Molinemarker.

The Quad Cities ranks as the 97th largest market for television and the 147th largest market for radio. Radio station WOCmarker made its local broadcasting debut on February 18, 1922. It was the second licensed station on the air. In 1933 WOC hired future president Ronald Reagan as a staff announcer.

The 2008 Sundance Film Festival featured a movie called Sugar. Much of the movie was filmed at Modern Woodmen Parkmarker. In the movie, Miguel "Sugar" Santos has a golden arm and gets called to America to play professional baseball, first at a spring training camp in Phoenix, Arizonamarker, and then with the Class A minor league team in the Quad Cities.


The Davenport City Hall was built in 1895 at the meager price of $100,000.
currently uses the mayor-council form of local government, which consists of a mayor (currently in 2009 Bill Gluba) and a ten-person council. One person is elected from each of the eight wards and two at-large aldermen are elected to represent the whole city. Nonpartisan elections are held in odd-numbered years. The mayor is the city's chief executive officer. He or she approves, vetoes, or takes no action on all ordinances, amendments, or resolutions passed by the City Council. The mayor presides at City Council Meetings and can vote in case of a tie. The mayor is also responsible for appointing members of city boards and commissions.

The city council has the responsibility of setting all municipal policies not designated by city charter or the Iowa General Assembly such as adopting ordinances and resolutions and approving the city budget. The city administrator, currently Craig Malin, is appointed by the mayor and is subject to confirmation by a two-thirds vote of the entire membership of the city council. City-wide goals through 2011 include having a financially responsible government, having a growing economy, revitalizing neighborhoods, and upgrading city infrastructure and public facilities.

The 2008 fiscal year budget is $161.2 million and decrease of 5.68% from 2007 due to program reduction in the capital improvements budget. The city's general fund receives about 78% of its revenue from property taxes while 80% of the expense goes to personnel costs. The city has given a few surveys for citizens to rate the quality of life and city services. The 2004 survey stated 44% of citizens said they support increasing revenue to maintain city services. The largest department in the city is the public works department with a budget of $34.9 million. At less than half that budget, the fire department is second with $15.1 million. The police department has a budget of $10.9 million, the parks department has $5.8 million, and the Davenport Public Librarymarker has a budget of $3.9 million.

At the federal level, Davenport is in Iowa's 1st congressional district and is represented by Democrat Bruce Braley. The two Senators are Republican Chuck Grassley and Democrat Tom Harkin. At the state level, Davenport is represented by the forty-first, forty-second, and forty-third Iowa Senatemarker districts and in the Iowa House of Representativesmarker by the eighty-first, eighty-fourth, eighty-fifth, and eighty-sixth districts. The forty-first senate district covers the eastern third of the city and is represented by Republican Senator David Hartsuch. The forty-second district covers the western third of the city and is represented by Republican Senator Shawn Hamerlinck. The forty-third and final senate districts covers the central third of the city and is represented by Democrat Joe Seng.

The eighty-first house district covers the eastern third of the city and has the same western boundaries as the forty-first senate district. The district is represented by Democrat Phyllis Thede. The eighty-fourth district covers the western third of the city, and has the same eastern boundary as Senate district forty-two and is represented by Democrat Elesha Gayman. The eighty-fifth and eighty-sixth districts are made up of the same area as the forty-third senate district. The eighty-fifth district covers the north and west-central area while the eighty-sixth district covers southern and eastern part of the senate district. Both are represented by Democrats with Jim Lykam representing the eighty-fifth and Cindy Winckler representing the eighty-sixth.


Davenport public schools serve nearly 17,000 students in the communities of Davenport, Blue Grassmarker, Buffalomarker, and Walcottmarker. The Davenport Community School District is the second largest school district in Iowa. Davenport has three public high schools: Centralmarker, Westmarker, and Northmarker and one private high school: Assumptionmarker. There are six public intermediate schools and twenty-two public elementary schools.Phebe Sudlow was the first female public school superintendent in the United States. She was superintendent for Davenport schools from 1874–1878. There are also six private kindergarten-through-eighth-grade schools. The high schools are part of the Mississippi Athletic Conference for sports. The city has four colleges and universities: Palmer Chiropractic College, Saint Ambrose University, Kaplan Universitymarker, and Hamilton Technical College. Marycrest International Universitymarker was a university in Davenport from 1939 to 2002, when it closed and became senior citizen housing.



Three interstate highways serve Davenport: Interstate 80, Interstate 280, and Interstate 74. U.S. Route 6, U.S. Route 61, and U.S. Route 67 also go through Davenport; U.S. 67 crosses over to Illinois via the Rock Island Centennial Bridgemarker. Davenport is connected to the Illinois side of the Quad Cities by a total of three bridges across the Mississippi River. The Government Bridgemarker and the Centennial Bridge connect Downtown Davenport with the Rock Island Arsenalmarker and downtown Rock Islandmarker, respectively. The I-280 Bridgemarker connects the western edge of Davenport with the western edge of Rock Island.

Other highways include Iowa Highway 22, which is on the city's southwest side, and Iowa Highway 130, which runs along Northwest Boulevard on Davenport's north edge. For air travel, Davenport Municipal Airport – located adjacent to the city's northern city limits – serves smaller aircraft.
Quad City International Airportmarker across the river in Moline, Illinoismarker, is the closest commercial airport. Major railroads include the Iowa Interstate Railroad and the Iowa, Chicago and Eastern. Two national U.S. recreation trails intersect in Davenport: the Mississippi River Trail and the American Discovery Trail.

Amtrak currently does not serve Davenport or the Quad Cities. The closest station is about away in Galesburg, Illinoismarker. In 2008, the two current United States Senators from Iowa, Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, and former Senator Barack Obama sent a letter to Amtrak asking them to begin plans to bring rail service to the Quad Cities. They hope to see passenger rail service up and running in two years from Iowa Citymarker to the Quad Citiesmarker and from the Quad Cities to Chicagomarker. Greyhound Lines/Burlington Trailways bus service has a station in Davenport. The building is shared with the local Davenport Citibus. Davenport does not have any river ports.

Davenport has an infamous "truck-eating bridge". The bridge, or rather three bridges, is a set of railroad bridges that cross over north and southbound U.S. Route 61 and another street. Evey year an average of twelve semi trucks hit the bridge, usually causing massive damage to the trucks. The bridges, made out of iron, steel, and concrete, are rarely damaged.

Davenport Citibus

Public transit appeared in Davenport in 1969 when the city created a City Transit Authority. The authority at first provided monetary support to Davenport City Lines Bus Company, which was a privately owned company. After a few years the city purchased the Davenport City Lines and placed the operation of public transportation under the jurisdiction of the City's Department of Municipal Transportation. Today, CitiBus is a division of the Department of Public Works. CitiBus has a total of 20 vehicles and covers approximately of the city. CitiBus connects with both Bettendorf Transit and the Illinois Quad Cities mass transit system, MetroLINK. In 2007 Citibus saw a ridership of 1,022,815 customers. Ridership as of September 2008 had grown to 1,045,000 due in part to high gas prices.

Utilities and health care

Genesis West Hospital is one of the two hospitals in Davenport.
The other hospital is Genesis East.
Electricity to Davenport, and the rest of the Iowa Quad Cities, is provided by MidAmerican Energy Company. Water is provided by the Mississippi River and is treated by the Iowa American Water Company. The water treatment facility is located in southeast Davenport. The contaminants in the water are far below government standards.

Davenport is served by two hospitals: Genesis East and Genesis West part of the Genesis Health System. Together the facilities have 665 beds. The hospitals employ more than 600 physicians and 5,000 staff members. The American Nurses Credentialing Center, awarded Genesis Medical Center the Magnet designation for excellence in nursing services. Fewer than three percent of hospitals receive this honor.

Notable natives

Notable Davenporters include jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke, after whom the Bix 7 road race and jazz festival are named. The artist Isabel Bloom was raised in Davenport; she is the creator of decorative concrete figurines that bear her name. Other natives include the aviation pioneer Samuel Cody and actress Lara Flynn Boyle. Sports figures born in Davenport include NFL running back Roger Craig and former middleweight boxing champion Michael Nunn.

Livability Award

Davenport (along with neighboring Rock Island, Illinoismarker), won the 2007 City Livability Award in the small-city category from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Tom Cochran, Executive Director of the Conference, stated that the award "gives the Conference a chance to highlight mayoral leadership in making urban areas safer, cleaner and more livable." The award acknowledges achievements from the RiverVision plan of Davenport and Rock Island; "RiverVision is a bi-state collaboration between Davenport and Rock Island to transform the Mississippi River’s edge into one of the most compelling waterfronts in the nation."

See also


  1. Svendsen, p. 19
  2. Svendsen, p. 19
  3. Svendsen, p. 19
  4. Svendsen, p. 12
  5. Svendsen, p. 54
  6. Svendsen, p. 88
  7. Historic Preservation in Davenport, Iowa, p. 17
  8. Historic Preservation in Davenport, Iowa, p. 12
  9. Historic Preservation in Davenport, Iowa, p. 19
  10. Historic Preservation in Davenport, Iowa, p. 31
  11. Historic Preservation in Davenport, Iowa, p. 36
  12. Historic Preservation in Davenport, Iowa, p. 35
  13. Svendsen, p. 82
  14. Sightseeing Cruise. Celebration River Cruises. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
  15. Day Long Cruises. Celebration River Cruises. Retrieved 2009-08-22.
  16. Channel Cat Water Taxi – Routes MetroLink. Retrieved 2009-08-22.


  • Svendsen, Marlys, "Davenport A Pictorial History", (1987) G. Bradley Publishing, Inc., ISBN 0940286-05-x
  • Plan and Zoning Commission, Historic preservation in Davenport, Iowa for inclusion in the Davenport Comprehensive Plan, (1985)

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