During the Civil War, Arsenal Island was home to a large Union army prison camp for captured Confederate soldiers (the Rock Island Prison Barracks).
The island facilities were converted and built in 1863 and was not yet completed in December of that year when the first Confederate prisoners were
incarcerated. The construction was make-shift and was built with little notice of prisoners arriving. 468 Confederate prisoners captured in battles at
Chattanooga, Tennessee were the first to arrive, although, over 5000 total would swell the population of Rock Island Prison in that month alone. A
total of forty one Confederate prisoners successfully escaped during the prison’s existence while many more would try but fail.
A total of 1,964 Confederate prisoners and 125 Union guards are buried in the adjacent military cemetery, including 49 members of the 108th Regiment
of United States Colored Troops, most of which died from disease or exposure. The prison camp was operational from December 1863 until July 1865 when
the last prisoners were freed and sent home. After the war the prison facility was completely destroyed. During its two years in operation, the prison
camp housed over 12,400 different Confederates. Following the war, the government retained ownership of Arsenal Island and used it for various
Palmer College of Chiropractic is a chiropractic school located in Davenport, Iowa. It was established in 1897 by Daniel David Palmer and is
considered "The Fountainhead" as it was the first school of chiropractic in the world. For many years, Palmer College of Chiropractic was the world's
largest chiropractic school. Most early chiropractic schools were founded by Palmer alumni. The school has traditionally included teaching the
subluxation theory within its chiropractic philosophy curriculum.
Quad Cities area
WIlliam (Buffalo Bill) Cody - United States soldier, bison hunter and showman.
Bix Beiderbecke - American jazz cornetist, jazz pianist, and composer.
Marion Robert Morrison (aka John Wayne)
Tom Arnold - host of The Best Damn Sports Show Period
Johnny Carson - American television host and comedian
Bill Daily - Roger Healey on I Dream of Jeannie
Morgan and Warren Earp - younger brothers of Wyatt Earp
Herbert Hoover - 31st President of the United States
Ruth Crowley (aka Ann Landers)
Cloris Leachman - American actress of stage, film and television.
Jerry Mathers - "Beaver" Cleaver (Leave It to Beaver)
Frederick Louis Maytag I - founded the Maytag Company
Glenn Miller - American jazz musician
Harriet Nelson - "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"
Ringling brothers - Founders of the Ringling Brothers Circus
Grant Wood - American painter (best known for his painting "American Gothic")
And last, but not least:
James T. Kirk was born and raised in Riverside, Iowa starting in the year 2233
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