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DAVENPORT, IOWA :
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Davenport. History is not the mission of this little
l)ook, though to write the chronicles of so
interesting a city would be a splendid pleasure. It is the
Davenport of t<vday that is held up to view. Men of enterprise
and affairs live and move and act in the swift-moving currents
of the present. Davenport's location in the grandest valley on
the globe; progress and municipal growth; commercial and
manufacturing advantages; educational, literary and charitable
features; avenues for trade and investment — these and other
deversified interests are herein set forth. These pages picture
busy life among busy men in a busy city.
Location. Davenport is admirably located on the west
bank of the great river of the continent — in
the heart of the magnificent Mississip[)i Valley. It is 181 miles
west of Chicago; 318 miles east of Omaha, 322 miles north of
St. Louis, and 31)7 miles south of St. Paul. It is opposite
the most beautiful island that divides the Mississippi — an
island richly adornetl by nature, proudly embellished by the
genius of man, and made historic by exciting scenes and
memorable associations. On this island the national govern-
ment has developed abundant water-power, erected great work-
shops and arsenal, and expended more than Ten Million Dollars.
Climate. The climate of this locality is varied, but
exceptionally healthy and invigorating,
and end)rac'.'s in (^ach twelve months the four distinct seasons.
The following statistics are taken from the records of the
United States Weather Bureau office^ in tliis c-ity for the past
twenl\-two A<'ars : The mean annual temperature of Daven-
poi-t is 1*.!^. The average tem[)erature for spi'ing, 48*^; for
s'.muner, 72^'; for auliunn. ■)2'^' : and for winter, 24-'''. The
liighest temperature recoi-ded is DS^'; the lowest 27'^ below
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zero. The average annual rainfall is 35 indies; the greatest
amount in any year was 47 inches in 1S7(); the least, 23 inches
in ISST). The average number of f;iir days in a vear is 2~)i):
cloudy, lot); rainy (with a j)[)rt'ci;il)l(' i-ainfall ). VH). The
average relative huniidity is (io per cent. Tiic average velocifv
of the wind is from (> to S miles per hour, and the highest
velocity ever attained \vas (')() miles per hour. The prevniling
direction of wind is southwest during the summer moiitlis,
and northwest during- the winter months. The average last
killing frost in spring is April 2o ; the average first killing
fiost in autumn is October 14. Snow usually covers the
ground during the greater part of the mid-winter months.
Population. I)aven[)ort has not made rapid strides in
poj)ulations and has had no Ixjonis — those
short-lived and undesirable infections. Tlie growth has been
regular and steady. The population to-day is believed to be
40,000, by those whose estimate has a basis in actual knowledge.
The city now has a thrift and business impetus that [)romise to
far exceed the past. The Daven])ort of the future must be the
principal city of Imperial Iowa.
A Daven[Kn-t, according to mortality returns,
Healthy is one of the healthiest cities in the Union.
City. The death-rate has been less than two per
cent, per annum for 3'ears. Not only does
an invigorating climate give it pre-eminence over most cities,
but tlu^ city's su])[)ly of [)ure. filtered water is abundant: the
surface draiiuige is good naturally: and the sewer system, the
result of the best sanitary engineering, reaches the suburbs as
well as the thickl}' settled sections of the cit3\ Health affairs
are managed by a non-partisan Board of Health, that works in
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harmony with state and national associations, and is tireless in
the j)erformance of exacting duties. The enforcement of proper
sanitary reofnlations is immediate and certain.
WATER COMPANY FILTERS.
Educational. Davenport is justly proud of a public
school system that will bear the closest
scrutiny and comparison with the best ia the country. They
haye long borne an enviable reputation for excellence, modern
methods and thoroughness of instruction. The buildings,
eleven in number, are constructed on approved plans and of the
best of materials. They are supplied with modern furnishings
and all that tends to an elevating and refining influence. They
are thoroughly organized and graded in every department, and
only capable and experienced persons are employed as instruc-r
tors. Popular and progressive features of the system are a
High School, a Normal and Practice School for the training of
teachers, evening schools, kindergarten departments, a well-
equipped Manual Training School for boys and a Cooking School
for girls. In addition to the excellent public schools there are
many private schools of a high grade. Clriswold College and
Kemper Hall, for boys, and St. Katharine's Hall, for girls are
under the management of the Episcopal church. The Roman
ONE OF ELEVEN SCHOOL BUILDINGS.
Catholics have St. Ambrose Seminary for boys. Immaculate
Conception Academy for girls, and several excellent primary
and intermediate parochial schools. Fine opportunity to secure
a practical education is afforded by the Davenport Business
College and the Tri-City Commercial College. Several well-
equipped kindergartens are doing the little people a world of
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good. The interests of music, art, literature and the drama are
honored, appreciated and cultivated by our citizeus. A city
that fosters the best of good schools is certain to be a city of
good homes, of polite society, of inteligence and refinement.
Parks and Davenport is well to the front in those
Improvements, public measures which bring adornment as
well as prosperity to cities. A special an-
nual tax for the improvement of parks has been voted by the
people. These beautifiers of the city, so essential to public
health and comforts are becoming more attractive every year.
Duringr the coniino: season a new one will be laid out in the
eastern part of the city.
All the business and most of the residence streets are paved.
Several miles of substantial brick pavement have been laid in
the past two vears, and so univeisal is the demand for perma-
nent street improvement that each succeeding year sees more
and more of this work completed. Good roads and well-kept
highways are not neglected by wise, thorough-going city-
Real There is no more relial)le indication of a
Estate. city's growth and prosperity than a steady
increase in the value of real estate. In this
line of activity prospective investors must distinguish between
a boom and a healthy growth in values. The transactions in
real estate in this city have been of such a character as to con-
vince the intelligent observer of the desirableness of Davenport
realty as a safe investment. Sales are made for legitimate, not
purely speculative purposes, and prices are on a solid basis.
The advance in value has been in all cases the result of advance
in wealth and prosperity. Suitable and advantagious sites for
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manufacturing purposes can be bought at nominal prices.
Desirable business and residence property, needing only proper
improvement to make it profitable, can be secured at reasonable
In real estate investments, as in trade and commerce, the
future of the city is not to be lost sight of. A future of growth
and prosperity must bring the investor sure profits in a rise in
Trade. Davenport has a largo trade in proportion
to its population. Its position as a trade
center has fostered and established this line of business. Re-
liable commercial reports show that the city has a great
annually-increasing wholesale trade. The jobbers during the
pastyear handled goods to the amount of more than ^7,000,000.
The city's superior location and trans|)ortation facilities have
made it possible to do this volume of business easily and suc-
cessfully. The principal lines represented by Davenport's
wholesale houses are: Groceries, Dry Goods, Hardware, Drugs,
Crockery, Butter and Eggs, Packing House Products, Clothing,
Woolen Goods, Furniture, Mixed Paints, Teas, Coffee, Spices,
Boots and Shoes.
Manufactures. A city whose manufacturing interests have
grown up as those of Davenport have is
certainly on a safe foundation as a manufacturing center. The
success that has attended them in the past goes far to [)rove the
advantages which the city offers the manufacturer as a location
for his factory. The location is good for collecting raw material
and for distri])uting manufactured products. The value of
the output last year was something over $S, 000,000. 00; while
the nuuibar of hands employed was nearly Four Thousand.
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The bulk of the manufacturing is in staple articles such as flour,
lumber, vinegar, syrups, canned goods, threshing machines,
agricultural implements, cutlery, crackers, artistic woodwork,
etc., which are distributed over the entire country. It is certain
that the city is unequalled in the number and variety of its
small manufactures. Some of these useful and valuable pro-
ducts are :
Bank and OfRce Fixtines
Boats and Barges
Castings (hori and Brass)
Cigar Makers" Supplies
Klectrotypes and Kngravings
Patterns anil Models
Sash, Doors and Blinds
Stair Builder's Supplies
Trunks and Valises
Wagon Axels (in one piece)
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Syrup Davenport has the largest glucose raanu-
Refinery. facturing establishment in the west, if not
in the whole country. These works employ
regularly many hundred men. Its business amounts to almost
a Million Dollars annually. They furnish a ready and con-
venient market for nearly (),000 bushels of corn daily, or more
than a million and a half bushels annually. The benefit of this
refinery to Davenport and the surrounding farming country, in
furnishing a good market for corn needs only to be mentioned.
This plant in its original cost, its annual extensions, and general
improvements represents a capital of nearly Half a Million
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Lumber. Davenport aminally maniTfactures vast
quantities of lumber. Four large saw mills
are in o[)eration all season, giving employment to a Thousand
hands who receive something more than $300, 000. 00 in wages.
The amount invested in these mills is about $700,000.00.
They cut 80,000,000 feet of lumber each year, and 2.500.000
lath and shingles.
Davenport capital and enter[)rise are bringing from the great
hard-wood forests of the south, immense supplies of material for
the construction of farm machinery, builders' s[)ecial su[)[tlies,
and decorative wood-work.
Business. Daven[)ort's percentage of failures in bus-
iness is the smallest of any city in the
United States. The commercial agencies report that the aver-
age percentage of failures in the whole country last year was
.0085. In Iowa it was .0052. This city has not had a business
failure for many years. Tiiis speaks well and elo([uently for
any community, and shows that methods of prudence and
sagacity prevail in establishing business on a bed-rock of
W^ater W^orks. Davenport has, without any exception, the
most complete system of Water- Works,
both for tire protection and fm* sanitary purposes, of any city
in the west. The system comprehends a magnificent plant, the
product of the best engineering skill, and costing a round mil-
lion dollars. The works were planned and built by ex-Mayor
Michael Donahue, and are owned by a private corporation of
Davenport citizens, and have no bonded debt — a fact that
bears its own business moral.
The supply of pure and wholesom.e water is taken from the
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Mississippi river by direct [mmpiiig from a conduit extending
under the bed of the river about seven hundred feet to the chan-
nel, where the water runs over solid rock for many miles.
Being free from contamination of any sort, its purity is assured.
PUMPING STATION No. 2. Reservoir.
The works comprise two pumping stations of superior construc-
tion, a reservoir with a capacity of 5,000,000 gallons, thirty-
three miles of cast-iron pipe water-mains fiom four to sixteen
inches in diameter, and 304 public and 15 private fire hydrants.
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The consumption is over •3,0()(),000 gallons daily. The filter-
plant recently added to these works is a model of complete
machinery. The actual ca])acity of these filters is over 7,500,-
000 gallons per 24 hours. This is double the size of any other
filter plant now in use. It is the most expensive as well as the
largest mechanical filter plant in the world. This grand im-
[)rovement, due to the enterprise and public spirit of the owners
who determined to su[)ply the best and purt^st water in the
world, cost $125,0()(MH).
During the past year more than five miles of mains were
laid, and fifty-one new fire hydrants were set. The system is
without a blemish — our pride aud protection.
Davenport also has five artesian wells, whose sup[)ly of pure
water is ample. Three of them at the glucose works flow 2,000
gallons per minute.
Railroad Davenport has fine railroad facilities. It is the
Facilities. distributing center of the four great divisions
of the great Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific
Railway, with scores of daily trains; of two divisions of the
Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railwav, and of one division of
the Burlington, Cedar Rapids & Northern Railway. The Chi-
cago, Burlington & Quincy Railway, and the Rock Island &
Peopia Railway are also tributaries to Davenport, and have
local freight and passenger offices in the city. These lines with
their numerous branches and affiliated roads extend over the en-
tire surrounding country, aud give assurance of excellent facili-
ties for the transportation of our abundant commodities. Other
railroads and additional bridges are enter[)rises which have
passed the preliminary stages of survey and discussion. They
are grand promises of the city's welfare and advancement which
the future will develop and complete ,
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Street Davenport possesses one of the most ex-
Railways. tensive and best equipped electric railway
systems in the Mississippi Valley. Rapid
transit is afforded to all parts of the city and quick service ]^uts
all of the city parks and pleasure resorts within easy access.
The system comprises 18 miles of trackage, most of which
is double track, and 30 trains are operated daily on the various
GOVERNMENT BRIDGE. Over Mississippi.
The Thomson-Houston system machines are used exclusively
by the Street Car Company and the management has spared no
expense in adopting the latest improvements for the benefits of
The tracks are kept clear from snow during the winter by
an electric snow sweeper and the pavements well wet down daily
during the heated and dusty summer months by electric street
s|)rinklers operated on the street railway tracks.
The Street Car Oom})any also owns and o[)erates the street
railway line running over the government bridge, onto Piock
SAINT KATHARINE'S HALL.
Island, and thence over the wagon bridge to the City of llock
Island; bringing tlie business centres of Davenport and Rock
Island within twenty minutes ride of each other.
The bridfife line carries the workmen and nianv visitors
daily to the government arsenal on Rock Island op[)osite the
City of Davenport.
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Freights. The railroads report 70,000 incoming and
onWoinor freio^ht cars handled durin^f the
past year, making our railroad traffic for the year exceed 680,000
tons. There was brought to and shipped from this city as river
freight about 20,(100 tons, making a total of 700,000 tons of
freight handled annually by our transportation companies.
Freight cars to the number of 187,000 crossed the river at
this point during the past year.
Churches. Daven[)ort is the seat of the Episcopal
and Roman Catholic sees. Has twenty-
eight churches. Fine edifices have recently been erected by the
Christian and Baptist churches. The Roman Catholic denomi-
nation has completed the erection of a handsome cathedral at a
cost of upwards of $100,000.00.
Public A fine building, costing $l;i,OO0.00, is
Library. dedicated to public library uses. It con-
tains nearly 18,000 standard books, to-
gether with the leading magazines and reviews. A free reading
room has been comfortably fitted up and is abundantly supplied
with all the standard periodicals.
Fire The Davenport fire department is a paid
Department, department, well organized and completely
e(pii[)ped. Every essential to a satisfac-
tory outfit is supplied. An electric fire alarm with stations in
every part of the city makes the location of a fire known in-
stantly. So efficient is the service, and fully adequate the
water supply, that a contiagration has not iniperiknl the city
since the establishni'ent of the present system.
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Davenport's Academy of Natural Sciences
is an institution that has won fame and
world-wide celebrity. It ranks fourth
amonir institutions of its kind in the United States, and has re-
ceived reeot^nition and honorable mention from the best foreign
scientific societies for its publications. The academy's collec-
WATER WORKS. Pumping Station No. i.
tion of Mound relics is large and very valuable, embracing rare
specimens, such as tablets and elephant pipes — mute memorials
of a people whose monument is a grave without a name. Its
library contains thousands of rare books, scientific treatises,
valuable pamphlets and autograph letters.
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Charitable Davenport is princely in its charities.
Institutions. The Clarissa C. Cook Home for aged
women, the Fejervary Home for worthy
men, and the Industrial Home which is the headquarters for
the Ladies' Aid Society, have elegant, cominodioTis buiklings.
The Associated Charities is a non-sectarian, or rather a nniou
of aJl charitable societies. It is safely within bounds to say
that no city more efficiently and systematically cares for its
worthy poor and nnfortunate citizens.
Banks. Davenport has four national and four
savinofs banks, all showing: careful man-
agement and resultant prosperity. Banking institutions are the
heart of a city, and their extent and condition tell accurately
the amount and success of the city's business, the condition of
its laboring class and its prospective development. The follow-
ing are the correct amounts on deposit in Davenport banks as
shown by semi-annual statements for 1893:
German Savings, - - - - $4,483,780.50
Davenport Savings, - - - 2,098,224.04
Scott County Savings, - - - 1,508,099.72
Farmers' and Mechanics' Savings, - 223,122.90
Citizens National, - - - - 841,873.83
First National, - - - - 466,193.19
Davenport National, - - - 306,331.23
Iowa National, . - - - 261,790.90
progress of a city,
teution and consideration;
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The business of a Post Office is a very fair
and reliable index of the growth and
These figures which are official, merit at-
The total amount of money order transactions for the year
of 1893 was $1,218,451.96.
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AVater Ways. Great as are Davenport's water lines of
transportation, the possibilities of the
future are still greater. The Illinois and Mississippi Canal to
connect the great interior water line with the Great Lakes, is a
great national work now well nnder way. The present appro-
priation of a million dollars for this grand improvement will
construct enough of this water-way to bring the coal of Illinois
to our market and thus aid our manufacturers with cheap fuel.
The future great benefit of this s})lendid w^ater-way, w^hen com-
pleted, must bring extraordinary development to Davenport.
To give an accurate knowledge of the city of Davenport and
of all branches of its commercial and manuacfturing interests
would require a multiplicity of details. This would mean a
publication beyond reasonable limits. The foregoing general
description, we trust, will give a correct idea of what Daven-
port really is, as a place of residence and as a field for business
enterprise and the investment of capital. That it is at this
time a metropolis of trade; that its busine.-s is increasing year
by year, and that its march of im[)rovement is onward, are facts
that cannot be questioned.
The same general opportunities that made Davenport pros-
perous in the past are present to-day, aiding an increase of
trade and wealth. Eesting securely on the solid foundation of
a trade constantly increasing, Daven[)ort offers to the new-comer
and investor advanfnges of a certain and sul)slantial nature.
Persons desiring any further information relative to Daven-
port are cordially invited to apply to the secretary of the
Davenport Business Men's Association.
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DAVENPORT IN 1854.