200th anniversary of Battle of Credit Island

Posted Online: Aug. 11, 2014, 2:02 pm
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Press release submitted by Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau

Davenport, Iowa – This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Credit Island in Davenport, Iowa, as part of the War of 1812.

The Battle of Credit Island on September 4-5, 1814, was one of the westernmost and last battles of the War of 1812. The British were allied with the Native Americans, including Sauk warrior Blackhawk. The Americans were under the command of Major Zachary Taylor—the future president.

The Americans anchored on nearby Pelican Island, while the British troops under the direction of Lieut. Duncan Graham were on Credit Island with the Native Americans at the established trading post. The next day the Americans were surprised and outnumbered. Three months later the war was over as well.

On Saturday, August 30, 2014, the public is invited to the bicentennial commemoration of the Battle of Credit Island. The memorial marker dedication and presentation about the battle begins at 10 a.m. at 2200 W. River Drive, Davenport, Iowa.

The free, bicentennial events begins at 8:30 a.m. with a guided nature walk on the island. Starting at 9 a.m. exhibitor booths, historical information panels, and bounce houses will open. Then at 12 noon enjoy a lacrosse demonstration from Lightning Stick Lacrosse, who is helping it make a comeback in Dakota communities. Lacrosse is the oldest game in North America.

Credit Island History
Credit Island is a large, 420-acre island in the Mississippi River. In the 1890s an amusement park opened on the island. In 1904 the name was changed to Suburban Island because the passenger railroad ran to the island. In 1918 the City of Davenport bought the island. Currently Credit Island is a community park.

For more information, visit www.cityofdavenportiowa.com/parks

Discover many more marvels on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities. Contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at www.visitquadcities.com.

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is made up of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois. The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.


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1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College.
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.

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