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Rock Island Arsenal

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Address: Rock Island, IL
Phone Number: 309-782-1121
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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, America's largest...

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, America's largest government-owned arsenal is located on a 946-acre island in the Mississippi River.

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Lots of history on this island. There is an old Yet active military cemetery. There is a Confederate cemetery from The confederate POW camp that was there during the Civil War... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Suzanne C
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Moline, United States
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Moline, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots of history on this island. There is an old Yet active military cemetery. There is a Confederate cemetery from The confederate POW camp that was there during the Civil War. Engineer tower that has viewing of Eagles. The lock an dam is there with a display and viewing of them dam system. Colonel Davenport house is there for tour... More 

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Brandon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

When in the Rock Island, Illinois, it's worth the stop to check out some of our U.S. military ordanance history past and present. Great for the whole family. Admission is free, but donations are accepted and appreciated, and helps keep their doors open.

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Thank Randy W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visit the Arsenal from time to time to visit historical sites and eagle watching. On the Arsenal you can visit the Davenport home and the largest Confederate cemetery north of the Mason Dixon line. In addition to that it has a fantastic museum, although I have heard that they are shipping items out. During the winter they offer clock... More 

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Gainesville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Have visited Rock Island several times and each time learned more of its rich history. The bridge and river locks, cemetery's and historic building are sites to see.

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Thank Hal K
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

The Rock Island Arsenal Lock & Dam system is a great place to take grandchildren and to see barges lock through if you have never seen something like this before. My wife and I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, including the locks system in France leading out of Paris to Normandy. While those are terrific they don't compare to the... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

As a kid growing up here, we used to ride our bikes over to the island form Davenport. We would always go to the Armory/Gun Museum and look at the evolution of firearms. As mentioned, security has gotten really tight, but still worth the effort.

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Eldridge, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016

Lots of history here including Colonel Davenports home, but security is tight due to terrorist potential, so not easy to access entrance to the island. There is a phenomenal gun museum worth taking time to visit. Lock and dam observation building is also worth checking out, plus watching eagles nearby during winter months is fun.

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Moline, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

The military cemeter(ies) on the island are representative of those who fought to keep our country free. The Arsenal Island includes a confederate cemetery as well. Factories on the island manufacture military necessities as needed. Located adjacent to the great Mississippi River, the island now includes a challenging public golf course along side the river. Mississippi tow barges travel through... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

Most people wouldn't realize all the history that has taken place on this little island in the middle of the Mississippi. Worth a half day stop to check it out. Check out the Confederate Cemetery from the island's beginning as a Civil War prisoner camp. The awesome old architecture of the arsenal shops. The museum show casing products from this... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

The Arsenal has been active from the Indian Wars to the present providing supplies to our armed forces. A C.S.A. Cemetery is located on the island as well as a federal cemetery for fallen soldiers wishing interment with their brothers in arms. The Browning Museum is also found here displaying much of the history of the manufacturing facility on the... More 

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