This morning we had a step on guide tell us about the history and of the Rock Island Arsenal, and what's going on there now.
It was used in the Civil War to hold the Confederate prisoners.
Here is the Confederate Cemetery.
This is the Military Cemetery with graves dating back to the Civil War to the present time.
There are lots of graves it was sad to see the hundreds and hundreds of white grave stones. I wish they gave a handout of everything he talked about, he was on the bus for at least an hour. Today it is still a military base, but also they rent out office space in some of the buildings to help keep the base open.
On to our Celebration Belle Cruise on the Mississippi.
Lots of photos:)
We are entering the lock and dam.
We have to wait til 15 before the gates open and we can go through.
The water churns up lots of fish so there was always lots of pelican around there.
Now we can go through just to turn around and do it again:)
Our entertainment after lunch. They are retired teachers, and good singers!
I'm sure you guys didn't know that Elvis is still alive and singing on this paddle boat:)
Going under the bridge. It was alittle cool that day, but that was fine with us.
We stayed there last night. We toured a little mustard making plant so it's mustard for the kids. It is good. The name of it is Boetje's. We ate at a restaurant called The Machine Shed that night, very good food. Next stop is Waterloo.............JMF