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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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Military History

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jim H
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Davenport, Iowa
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Davenport, Iowa
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Having played golf in many of the courses in Arizona and here in Iowa as well as in Illinoi. I found that The course at the Rock Island Arsenal is one of the most challenging I've played. Its narrow fairways and especially the 225 yard par 3 will cause you to actually think. The other parts of the Arsenal is... More 

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Thank Fred T
Hillsdale, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

The Arsenal has the National Cemetery, Historical Museum, Civil War buildings, Tank displays, and a great walking trail.

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Thank Rosann T
Kentucky
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93 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This site has a lot of history and is worth the trip although not everyone is allowed through the gate. You should call there first to see the requirements for access. Keep in mind that they have a public golf course on the island as well as a museum. Interestingly enough, they also have the 2nd largest home on the... More 

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

The Lock and Dam was interesting to see. A film clip is shown on the history of the Mississippi and the reason for the lock and dam. We were lucky to see a boat go through while visiting.

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Thank Kathy K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

this is an opportunity to see military personnel & civilians side by side to create arsenal supply used all over the country

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Thank Maureen M
Okmulgee, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Fun time had by all watching 15-18 barges going up river with a huge tug boat. We watched them enter the Lock #15 and the water let out to lower all barges. Then once all barges were through the Lock the Arsenal Bridge spun into place and the Tug went "under" or "through" the bridge to take its cargo up... More 

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Thank Barney F
Belleville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This island is in the middle of the Mississippi River. I visited the cemetery for an afternoon. There are a lot of graves, a lot are unknown. Thee is a walk that is very nice. Makes you stop and think about our nation and those who gave their lives for our freedom!

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Thank Travelmoorenow
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

I have crossed the Mississippi River at least 50 times in my lifetime but this never knew much about it. A trip to the Rock Island Arsenal Visitors Center gave me a great deal of information about the river and it's history. Being on an actual army base was different too!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

There is a lovely visitor's center at the north end of the Rock Island Arsenal which is actually an island in the Mississippi. If you are lucky enough to see a barge go through the locks, it will be amazing. Some are 15 barges locked together that move with one tug boat. There are pictures, videos and personnel to explain... More 

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