Filthy History | Historical Look at Sanitation and Quincy’s War on Rats

Quincy has had a number of city dump locations since it’s beginning in the 1800’s. One of the locations included a site between foot of Harrison and Monroe streets in southwest Quincy. The area around the dump was known as “Dump City” at the time, as there was a number of shacks that had been […]

Remnants Of The Cold War | History of Fallout Shelters in the Quincy Area

 Walking into the downtown post office a few weeks ago I noticed a sign above the door that read “Fallout Shelter”. I was immediately intrigued and started to do some research. Imagine my surprise when I found out Quincy was once home to the largest nuclear fallout shelter in the country! In the mid-to-late 1950′s […]

History of George Rogers Clark Statue in Riverview Park Quincy, IL

George Rogers Clark Statue | Riverview Park Quincy, IL Riverview Park is located on sixteen acres at 2nd and Chestnut Streets. Its main attraction is a breathtaking view of the river. A statue of George Rogers-Clark overlooks the Mississippi River. The George Rogers Clark Statue was dedicated May 22, 1909 by Illinois Governor Deneen. Charles […]

The Great Quincy UFO Sighting of 1897

In 1897 a UFO was sighted over Quincy, IL! In April of 1897, hundreds of Quincy area residents would report a strange airship flying over the city. The airship was first noticed at around 11pm by men on the levee who thought a steamer was coming down the river. The airship was reported as having […]

Quincy 1st (and Only) Skyscraper once featured a Rooftop Bar!

W.C.U. Building / Architechnics | 510 Maine St. Quincy. IL The Western Catholic Union Building is Quincy’s first and only skyscraper. Built in 1925 The 10-story building at 506 Maine was designed by architect George Behrensmeyer . The Beaux-Arts Style structure is 10 stories high and is the only high-rise Beaux Arts building in Quincy. […]