Geography Class Fieldtrip: Chicago to the Mississippi River

Posted in Travel Log (N. America & Europe) at 12:38 pm by Benjamin Ross

These pics are from a Historical Geography Class that I TA for called Changing America in the 20th Century taught by Prof. Michael Conzen at the University of Chicago. The 2-day trip, “Chicago to the Mississippi River,” was designed by Prof. Conzen, who came along as our tourguide. Along the route, we made stops in Warrenville, Aurora, De Kalb, Rochelle, Oregon, Grand Detour, Sterling-Rock Falls, Moline, Davenport, Rock Island (where we stayed the night), Arsenal Island, Augustana College, Cambridge, Bishop Hill, Kewanee, Princeton, and La Salle, all in 36 hours. For the class, each student has to do a research paper chosen from a list of topics, each connected to one of the towns along the field trip. At each stop, the student whose paper was connected with the site gave an 8 minute presentation on their research findings.

I-88 Research Corridor, Warrenville, IL
Transit Center, Aurora, IL
DeKalb, IL
old stretch of brick highway, near Rochelle, IL
Ogle County Courthouse, Oregon, IL
China House, Oregon, IL (the local Chinese restaurant….run by Fuzhou migrants)
more Oregon
industrial brownfields, Sterling, IL
John Deere Pavilion and Visitors Center, Moline, IL
Downtown Moline
Rhythm City Casino, Davenport, IA
Centennial Bridge, connecting Rock Island, IL and Davenport, IA
Government Bridge, also connecting Rock Island and Davenport
The Davenport SkyBridge
inside the SkyBridge
student presentations inside the SkyBridge
Davenport Skyline
Downtown Rock Island
student presentations along the bank of the Mississippi River in Rock Island
Augustana College, Rock Island, IL
Government Bridge, viewed from Arsenal Island
a short, 1-block boulevard from the City Beautiful Movement, in the small town of Cambridge, IL
Henry County Courthouse, Cambridge, IL
student presentations in Cambridge
Cambridge “College Square”
P.L. Johnson’s Dining Room, a taste of Sweden in Bishop Hill, IL
Good’s Furniture Store, Kewanee, IL
lock on the abandoned Hennepin Canal
The Hegeler Mansion, Lasalle, IL
the road back to Chicago

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