A meeting of local notables in Col. Davenport’s parlor set in motion a chain of events that led to a railroad chugging into downtown Rock Island on George Washington’s birthday in 1854, the first R.R. bridge to cross the Mississippi in 1856, and a court case that would bring a heretofore relatively obscure lawyer to national prominence. Was he actually here?

Find out by attending this public program by Dr. Arthur Pitz at the Dairy Building on Saturday April 6 at 2 p.m. The Dairy Building is located at 410 North Erickson Street in Bishop Hill, IL. This free presentation is sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Black Hawk College Speakers Bureau.