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Davenport is a city in Scott County, Iowa. It covers 64.9 sq mi (168.1 sq km) and has a population of 100,000 (2011 estimate). Davenport is the county seat of Scott County. It is also the third largest city in Iowa. It observes the Central Standard Time (UTC-6) and in summer the Central Daylight Time (UTC-5).

Davenport experiences a humid continental climate. The summers are hot and humid while winters cold and windy. Hottest month is July, when average temperature reaches 85°F. Coldest month is January, when average lows drop to 13°F (-10.6°C). Wettest month is June, which receives an average of 4.75 in (120.7 mm) of precipitation.

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Davenport is located on the Mississippi River, about mid way between Chicago to the east and Des Moines to the west. It was founded in 1836 by Antoine LeClaire, and named after George Davenport, a colonel who was involved in the Black Hawk War (1831-32).

When the railway bridge was built to connect Davenport with Chicago in 1856, it helped to spur the growth of Davenport, which become a railroad hub on the Mississippi. However the steamboats considered the railroad a threat to their business and just weeks after the bridge was completed, a steamboat captain deliberately crashed his boat into the bridge. There after the owner of the steamboat suited the railroad company for damage. However the court upheld the right of the bridge to remain where it is.

Kimball Stevenson House (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), DavenportKimball Stevenson House (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), Davenport
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As with many cities in the 1930s, Davenport was hard hit by the Great Depression, which put thousands of its people on welfare and creating a slum in parts of the city along the Mississippi. The economy of the city eventually turned for the better and was in fact helped by the Second World War.

Today Davenport depends on manufacturing as the mainstay of its economy. The largest single employer in the city is Deere & Company, which is a leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery in the world.

Clarissa Cook Home for the Friendless, DavenportClarissa Cook Home for the Friendless, Davenport
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Visiting Davenport

Interstate 80 is the main highway connecting Davenport with the rest of the country.

Places of Interest in Davenport

  1. Centennial Bridge
    Bridge connecting Rock Island, Illinois and Davenport, completed in 1940.

  2. Davenport Public Library
    Main library of Davenport.

  3. Davenport Skybridge
    A pedestrian cable-stayed bridge over Highway 67 in downtown Davenport.

  4. Figge Art Museum
    One of the foremost art museums in the eastern Iowa/western Illinois region.

  5. German American Heritage Center
    Cultural center and museum providing interpretation of German-American history in the Midwest.

  6. Iowa Soldiers' Orphans' Home
    Orphanage for children who lost their parents in the American Civil War, today a historic landmark.

  7. Modern Woodmen park
    Minor league baseball park in Davenport.

  8. The National Center for Midwest Art and Design
    Located within the Figge Art Museum, this institute promotes the study of art, architecture and design in the Midwestern United States.

  9. NorthPark Mall
    The main shopping mall in Davenport with some 160 stores.

  10. Putnam Museum and IMAX Theater
    A museum of history and natural science founded in 1867, now home to 160,000 historical artifacts and specimens.

  11. River Music Experience
    Facility for residents and visitors to experience America's music.

  12. RiverCenter/Adler Theater
    Convention center in downtown Davenport.

  13. Vander Veer Botanical Park
    A small botanical park with walking path and fountain.

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