The major companies, agricultural manufacturers, ceased or scaled back operations in the Quad Cities.Factories which closed included International Harvester in Rock Island and Case IH in Bettendorf. Since the 1990s, the Quad Cities governments, businesses, non-profits and residents have worked hard to redevelop the region.These rapids were difficult for steamboats to traverse.As demand for river-based transportation increased along the upper Mississippi, the navigability of the river throughout the "Rock Island Rapids" became a greater concern.John Hurd, the owner of the Effie Afton, filed a lawsuit against the Rock Island Railroad Company. After the civil war, the region began to gain a common identity.The Rock Island Railroad Company selected Abraham Lincoln as their trial lawyer and won after he took the case to the US Supreme Court. The river towns that were thoughtfully planned and competently led flourished, while other settlements, usually get-rich-quick schemes for speculators, failed to pan out.Moline-based John Deere cut its labor headcount by one half. They have achieved national attention for their accomplishments. The Quad Cities area is distinctive because the Mississippi River flows from east to west as it passes through the heart of the area; the Iowa cities of Davenport and Bettendorf are located due north of Rock Island and Moline, respectively.
On May 6, 1856, just weeks after completion of the bridge, an angry steamboater crashed the Effie Afton into it.By World War I, the towns of Davenport, Rock Island, and Moline had begun to style themselves as the "Tri-Cities", a cluster of three more-or-less equally sized river communities growing around the small bend of the Mississippi River where it flows west.But with the growth of Rock Island County, during the 1930s the term "Quad Cities" came into vogue, as East Moline was given "equal status".Saukenuk was the principal village of the Sauk tribe and birthplace of its 19th-century war chief, Black Hawk.In 1832, Sauk chief Keokuk and General Winfield Scott signed a treaty in Davenport after the US defeated the Sauk and their allies in the Black Hawk War.