Davenport is the largest of the Quad Cities and the third largest city in Iowa with a population of 98,975.
The Quad Cities total metropolitan population is nearly 400,000 people, with cities including Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island, Moline, and East Moline, Illinois. In 2012, Davenport and the Quad Cities Metropolitan area was ranked among the fastest-growing areas in the nation for the growth of high-tech jobs.
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Davenport is named for George Davenport, a native of Lincolnshire, England, who settled on Rock Island in 1816. He came as a supplier for Fort Armstrong, which was constructed as a frontier fort that year – and he sold provisions and supplies to the soldiers. In 1835 he bought land from Antoine LeClaire, Davenport’s first resident, on the west bank of the Mississippi, adjacent to Rock Island, and helped lay out the town that bears his name.
Scott County was formed by an act of the Wisconsin Territorial legislature in 1837. Davenport and neighboring 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, Davenport citizens acquired the temporary service of Dubuque laborers so they could vote in the election, winning the election. Rockingham supporters protested the elections since the laborers from Dubuque were not Scott County residents and results were not certified.
A second election was held 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. Because the margin of victory was so close, a third election in the summer of 1840 was held. As the August election drew nearer, Rockingham residents grew tired of the county seat cause, and the efforts of Davenporters were difficult to challenge. Davenport easily won the third election. Consequently, to ensure that the county seat issue would not be played out again, Davenport built the first county courthouse.
With the mix of home styles and historical areas highlighted throughout the city, Davenport is the perfect mix of Victorian living in a modern city. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Davenport has over 20 parks and more than 12 miles of recreational paths for biking or walking. In the middle of the city, bordering VanderVeer Park is a selection of Victorian and Tudor revival style homes. The park was one of the first beautification projects completed by the city and is styled after the famous New York City, Central Park, complete with a fountain, rose garden and large botanical center. The Village of East Davenport (“The Village”) on the east side of the city holds the popular neighborhood, McClellan Heights, with historical homes and small specialty shops. If you venture downtown Davenport you will see some of the largest buildings that the city holds along with a new 5-star hotel, restaurants and popular nightclubs.
Several annual music festivals take place in Davenport, including the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Fair and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival. An internationally known 7-mile foot race called the Bix 7 is also run during the festival.
Downtown Davenport has many points of interest including the Davenport Public Library, the Davenport Skybridge, Figge Art Museum, River Music Experience, Putnam Museum, the RiverCenter/Adler Theater, Modern Woodmen Park, which is home of the Quad City Class A minor league River Bandits baseball team, and the Centennial Bridge. Uptown features a few historic landmarks such as the Iowa Soldiers’ Orphans’ Home which took in homeless children from all of Iowa’s ninety-nine counties following the Civil War and Ambrose Hall which was the original building of St. Ambrose University.
Aside from landmarks, uptown contains some entertainment venues too, such as the Great Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, which hosts fairs, stock car racing, and many other events. NorthPark Mall is the city’s main shopping mall and has 160 stores. Brady Street Stadium is home to Davenport high school and Saint Ambrose University football games. Davenport has a number of parks, including Credit Island park which has a bike path, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, and fishing along the Mississippi River.
Attractions and entertainment opportunities for other Quad Cities communities are readily accessible to Davenport residents.