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Rock Island,

town (1991 pop. 1,067), S Que., Canada, at the Vermont border. It is the seat of Stanstead College. Machine tools, dies, and textiles are made.

Rock Island,

city (1990 pop. 40,552), seat of Rock Island co., NW Ill., on the Mississippi and Rock rivers, adjacent to MolineMoline
, city (1990 pop. 43,202), Rock Island co., NW Ill., on the Mississippi River, in a coal area; inc. 1848. It is a transportation and industrial center, and has been a major producer of farm machinery since the industrialist John Deere moved there in 1847.
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 and opposite DavenportDavenport,
city (1990 pop. 95,333), seat of Scott co., E central Iowa, on the Mississippi River; inc. 1836. Bridges connect it with the Illinois cities of Rock Island and Moline; the three communities and neighboring Bettendorf, Iowa, are known as the Quad Cities.
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, Iowa; inc. 1841. These three cities, with BettendorfBettendorf
, city (1990 pop. 28,132), Scott co., E Iowa, on the Mississippi River; settled c.1840, inc. 1903. Manufactures include transportation equipment, asphalt, pools and spas, and electronic products; there is metal processing. Bettendorf's growth in the late 20th cent.
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, Iowa, are called the Quad Cities. Rock Island is a trade, transportation, and industrial center. Machinery, metal and wood products, and clothing are among its many manufactures. Railroad maintenance is also an important industry. Rock Island is the seat of Augustana College, and Black Hawk State Park adjoins the city. On a 1,000-acre (405-hectare) island in the Mississippi River is a huge U.S. arsenal (est. 1862), one of the largest manufacturing arsenals in the world and a major source of local employment. Arsenal Island was fortified by the British in the War of 1812 and by the Americans in 1816. In 1833, George Davenport built a palatial house there that still stands. During the Civil War, Arsenal Island was the site of a large northern military prison. A Confederate cemetery and a national cemetery are there. Bridges connect Arsenal Island, Rock Island, Davenport, and Moline.
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Rock Island

 

a city in the USA, in Illinois. Population, 50,000 (1974; with the neighboring cities of Moline and Davenport and their common suburban area, 365,000). A port on the Mississippi River, the city is an important transportation junction. As of 1973, industry employed 44,000. Rock Island has plants producing agricultural machinery, road machines, and heating equipment. There are also metalworking, food-processing, and defense industries.

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