Bicycle Tour of Historic Arsenal Island


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Posted Online: Oct. 03, 2012, 2:36 pm
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Press release submitted by Mississippi River Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi River Project announces that the Visitor Center at Locks and Dam #15 is inviting guests to a bicycle tour of historic Arsenal Island.

Did you know that the town of Davenport was named after a murdered Colonel, or that hundreds of people died while in prison on the Island? The answers to these questions and many more can be found on this relaxing informational ride.

This six-mile ride will be held on Saturday, October 13th, from 9:30-11:30am. Historic points of interest include Colonel Davenport's Home, the old Moline Lock, Arsenal Quarters #1, the Confederate Cemetery, and many more. The tour will begin and end at the Mississippi River Visitor Center, located on the western end of Arsenal Island at Locks and Dam #15. This tour is free of charge and is limited to 15 bicyclists. Advance registration is required. Helmets are mandatory. Training wheels are not allowed. An adult must accompany children under 12 years of age.

All persons over age 16 must carry a photo ID to enter the island. Vehicles are subject to search and participants should allow 15 minutes extra to ensure proper arrival time for the tour. For more information, or to sign up for the tour, please contact the Visitor's Center at (309) 794-5338.






















 




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