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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.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.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.Moline-based John Deere cut its labor headcount by one half. They have achieved national attention for their accomplishments.For 14 miles (23 km) between Le Claire, Iowa, and Rock Island, the Mississippi River flowed across a series of finger-like rock projections protruding from either bank.
The racial makeup of the area is 90.6% White (410,861), 3.7% Black or African American (27,757), 0.6% American Indian and Alaskan Native (1,255), 1.0% Asian (6,624), 0.03% Pacific Islander (156), and 2.0% from two or more races (11,929).On May 6, 1856, just weeks after completion of the bridge, an angry steamboater crashed the Effie Afton into it.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.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.The treaty resulted in the Native Americans ceding 6 million acres (24,000 km) of land to the United States in exchange for a much smaller reservation elsewhere.