Take A Walk Into the Past

The Quad Cities is filled with historical gems and great architecture. One of the most enjoyable ways to see them is to take a guided walking tour. Wear your favorite walking shoes, bring a bottle of water and an energy bar to experience history!

Moline, Illinois, has a wonderful tour of the downtown area led by retired Professor Curtis C. Roseman, Professor Emeritus of Geography from the University of Southern California. Roseman is an urban geographer and member of the preservation commission.

Professor Roseman starts a tour
Professor Roseman starts a tour

In May, my antique club took a walking tour of Moline on a perfect Midwestern evening. We were amazed at how many aspects of the architecture in the area that we have walked or driven by daily and have never noticed. Learning about the historical influences that have shaped the area have enhanced the downtown experience for tour participants.

Josephson's Jewelers clock
Josephson’s Jewelers clock

There are 100 buildings in the Moline historic area including: the 1872 abutment remains of the old bridge to Arsenal Island, the 1870’s Model Printers building, the Swedish Lutheran church; the sites of the Barrymore and Moline Theatres, and the Manufacturers Hotel, the placement of the old electric trolley tracks, the Industrial Home Building (1894), The Palace Theatre (1920’s) which was the last “live” theatre in Moline, Josephson’s Jewelers, the Moline Club (1912), Sohrbecks Drug Store (1914), and the Carnegie Library (1903).

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The tour is well planned and Professor Roseman is an engaging tour guide. A tour map is supplied. There is no charge.

If you are interested in a tour, contact Curtis C. Roseman at croseman@usc.edu

In the future, Moline’s Historic Preservation Commission and Moline Centre Main Street Commission are planning to have a virtual Heritage Walking Tour available of the downtown area.


Model Printers
Model Printers

On the Iowa side of the Quad Cities, the German American Heritage Center started offering the “Germans of Historic Downtown Davenport Walking Tour” in June.  This informative and enjoyable tour is held every Saturday through August 15, 2015. Tour walkers walk the bluff of Davenport and discuss the influence that Germans have had on the Gold Coast/Hamburg District and the downtown of Davenport.

The tour meets every Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the German American Heritage Center 712 W. 2nd Street, at the foot of the Centennial Bridge in downtown Davenport. Cost is $5.00 for a one hour tour that covers 1.3 miles. Hills and stairs are included on the walk. It is advised to dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. Bring water. There is no tour on July 4th.

For further information call 563-322-8844 or email: kelly.lao@gahc.org


Many other self guided walking tours in the area are available in Rock Island, Illinois, through walking tour brochures available online at www.rigov.org.

Tours include the popular John Looney Tour, as well as many historic neighborhood tours.

River Action offers a virtual eTour along the riverfront which includes information on the Mississippi River, wildlife, local landmarks and other points of interest.



About the author

Deborah Doehler As a life-time resident of the Quad Cities, Deborah is a multi-media artist who works in jewelry, painting, pottery, drawing, collage, and design. Deborah is retired from Black Hawk College after working for 35 years in Marketing as an award-winning graphic designer, writer, supervisor and graphics coordinator. Since 1975, she has had her own design company and studio. You’ll find Deborah serving on the Visual and Public Arts Committee for Quad City Arts where she was a board member for 8 years. She supports art and cultural events in the Quad Cities area including volunteering for events at MidCoast Fine Arts Bucktown Center for the Arts where she leases a gallery space. She served as Marketing Director for Riverssance Festival of Fine Arts for 15 years.

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One comment on “Take A Walk Into the Past

  1. Thank you for another great article. Where else could anyone get that kind of information in such a perfect way of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am on the look for such information.

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