Rock Island is located in the northwestern part of the state of Illinois and a city and seat of Rock Island County. It sits at the mouth of the Rock River and is on the opposite of the island for which the city was named, and along the Mississippi River. Rock Island, along with Moline and East Moline, Davenport, and Bettendorf, Iowa, forms part of the Quad Complex. The area where the present-day Rock Island stands was inhabited by the Sauk and Fox Indians at the time of the American settlement. Fort Armstrong was then built in 1816 which serves as the headquarters of operation during the Black Hawk War, and wherein Chief BVlack Hawk and the rest of his tribe were driven out of Illinois. When the area was laid out as Stephenson, the community was renamed to its present name and was then incorporated as a town, and was eventually reached by the Rock Island Railway in 1856. More than 38,500 people live in Rock Island, and around 66% of the populations owns their homes. The city’s median home value is $100,500, which is slightly lower than the national average of $184,700. Aside from families, many young professionals also call Rock Island home, which may be one of the reasons why most residents have moderate political views. Rock Island is haven to people who love art, history, and nature. Notable historic destinations in the city include the Figge Art Museum, German American Heritage Center & Museum, Fryxell Geology Museum, and Rock Island Arsenal Museum.For those looking for gorgeous sceneries, visit the Black Hawk State Historic Site, Davenport Skybridge, Schwiebert Riverfront Park, Centennial Bridge, and Sunset Park.
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