I have to admit that I still get excited every time I see the Mississippi River. Growing up on the East coast, the river has always been linked to Out West to me. We read about it in context of pioneers and settlers, Laura Ingalls and Tom Sawyer.
There were people out rowing and just sitting on the bank, including a couple of preteens who with cigarettes. I had to laugh because they were almost out of sight and obviously trying to hide, but they forgot the fact that it's pretty easy to smell when someone's smoking....
This old bridge crosses from Moline to Rock Island, which has housed a US Military arsenal. It was used as a prison during the American Civil War in the 1860s, and now there's a military museum, cemetery and trails. The arsenal is still operational too.
I had to cut my exploring short and get back for a dinner, but it was a beautiful day for a run and a beautiful day for pictures. Next I just need to figure out how to dip my toes in the Mississippi-- preferably before winter sets in!